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Title:Organised labour in the second Republic of Nigeria
Author:Offiong, D.A.
Year:1984
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:39
Issue:4
Pages:571-593
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:workers
trade unions
Abstract:In this appraisal of the position of organised labour (in fact labour in general) in the Second Republic of Nigeria (1979-1983) it is argued that the demands made by workers through their organisation - trade union - were on the basis of relative deprivation. Workers saw themselves relatively deprived in relation to the political class or those Frantz Fanon calls the national bourgeoisie. The military, before returning to their barracks in 1979, introduced some economic measures to cut down the out-flow to foreign countries of the dwindling foreign reserves (embargo on higher wages; car loan and basic allowances were abolished). The national bourgeoisie however, coming into office, immediately demonstrated that they were in no way different from their mercenary predecessors of the First Republic. Organized labour capitalized on this and demanded equal entitlement to the benefits of the economy. They felt that they had every right to enjoy the crude oil revenues, just like the national bourgeoisie. This paper first sketches the theory of relative deprivation and then uses it as the basis for analysing the events between 1979 and 1983. Notes, sum. (French and Italian), tab.
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