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Title:Building 'sound' industrial relations in Nigeria: the British and organised labour, 1940s to 1960
Author:Tijani, Ibikunle H.ISNI
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review (ISSN 1596-5031)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:colonial administration
cold war
trade unions
labour relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.4314/lhr.v11i1.2
Abstract:This paper examines measures taken by the British colonial administration in Nigeria during the early years of the Cold War. The author posits that anti-leftist measures against labour organizations were central to the success of the colonial State's policy of 'sound' industrial relations in the workplace (private and public). Using primary documents from the British National Archives, the Annual Reports of the Department (later Ministry) of Labour, materials from the Modern Record and Labour Archives, and the Nigerian National Archives, the paper contextualizes British anti-leftist policy towards labour unionists termed 'sound industrial' relations. It analyzes the creation and activities of the Department (later Ministry) of Labour, and the overall implications of government measures for leftist intelligentsia in labour unions between 1945 and 1960. This is a historical narrative of an aspect of Nigerian labour union history hitherto understudied because of the closure of official records until recently. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]