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Contract work and casualization of the oil and gas industry is having a dire impact on trade unions and the lives of workers in Nigeria, according to IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in African’s largest oil producing country.
Several events were held in conjunction with Africa Industrialization Day, 2017.
Over the past 18 months, two IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Nigeria have succeeded in organizing around 7,500 contract and casual workers in the country’s oil and gas supply chain with substantial support from a union project against precarious work.
When the IndustriALL East Africa Union Building project met in Uganda on 27 – 28 October, three unions were awarded for their major organizing achievements.
Workers rallied in Lagos, Nigeria, on 7 October, to STOP Precarious Work.
On 23 August 2016, Nigerian unions took part in a national protest against an escalating labour crisis caused by unpaid wages and the killing of workers.
Eradicating smuggling and meeting the energy needs of local industry were pinpointed by Nigerian affiliates as most urgent actions needed from government in order to drive industrialization, create jobs and combat poverty in Nigeria.
Affiliates in Nigeria took to the streets of Lagos to rally against precarious work on 7 October.
IndustriALL’s fifth edition of Global Worker is out now with a fresh new look. The magazine includes a new set of features, interviews and profiles on a range of different topics from a workers’ perspective.
With the collapse of many traditional industries, Nigeria has seen a rapid growth of workers in the informal sector. Statistics indicate that over 60 per cent of the Nigerian workforce is found in the informal economy.
IndustriALL affiliates in Nigeria organized a tripartite roundtable to consider ways to improve industrialization in the country, followed by a rally to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day.
Campaigns are being developed in several African countries to push for living wages.
IndustriALL affiliates in Nigeria held a press conference to highlight the programmes and activities planned on 7 October for the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW).
IndustriALL’s Executive Committee has adopted a resolution calling on the Nigerian government to do everything in its power to return more than 200 abducted schoolgirls to safety.
Building unity amongst Nigerian unions was the focus of an IndustriALL workshop for affliates on 18 and 19 February.
Meeting in Togo, affiliates from 13 African countries evaluated their successes and challenges in 2013 and strategized how they will continue to make progress against precarious work in 2014.
Making organizing a central theme of IndustriALL's work in Africa region was discussed at a two-day workshop held in Johannesburg in October 2013.
In Nigeria, affiliated unions and civil society allies, took to the streets of Lagos to protest increasing casualisation of workers, outsourcing, contract staffing and anti-union behaviour by employers.
A three day warning strike in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector in July was called off on the second day after the government intervened to set up two interministerial committees to address issues raised by the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (Nupeng).
Nupeng plans to strike on Monday 1 July if government does not respond to their demands to address anti-union and unfair labour practices of multinationals, in particular Shell Petroleum Development Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Agip Oil Company.
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