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Title:A Woman Worker in a Lagos Factory: Her Power Base in Family, Community, Labour Market, and Union
Author:Andrae, GunillaISNI
Book title:Transforming female identities: women's organizational forms in West Africa
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:gender relations
industrial workers
women workers
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Sex Roles
Abstract:The present chapter probes the situation of one female worker in a garment factory in Lagos noted for its poor industrial relations and shocking working conditions, as well as the unusual dominance of female workers in its labour force, in contrast to an overwhelming male dominance in the main part of the textile sector in Nigeria. It gives a preview of material collected in February and March 1993 as part of a larger comparative study which seeks to link the weaker labour organization and lesser bargaining power and thereby poorer conditions of work and employment found in female-dominated factories in Lagos to the prevailing gender order as it permeates the different - interrelated - spheres of women workers' lives, notably production (at work, in the labour market), reproduction (family responsibilities) and organization (male domination of the union). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.