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Nigerian unions to work together to organize workers

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27 February, 2013Nigerian affiliates came together to form the Nigeria IndustriALL coordinating committee to oversee the organizing of workers in the sectors represented by IndustriALL.

Affiliates met with African Regional Secretary of IndustriALL, Fabian Nkomo to discuss how to ensure that all Nigerian workers in sectors represented by IndustriALL are organized and united. The meeting was lead by the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment & Tailoring Worker (NUTGTW) and IndustriALL Executive Committee member Issa Aremu and attended by all affiliates as well as 6 potential affiliates that expressed interest in joining the global union.

Affiliates identified metal, steel and related industries and chemical, pharmaceutical and allied industries as sectors with the biggest potential to increase IndustriALL’s representation in Nigeria. Potential affiliates were encouraged to join IndustriALL through alliances at a national level, strengthening ties between unions organizing in the same sector

Nkomo also used the visit to learn more about the inspiring union building work of NUTGTW and visited a textile factory in Lagos.

Nigeria is a key economy in the region and its unions are well established and sustainable. Nigerian affiliates are expected to play a leading role in West Africa and IndustriALL is keen to have them assist in organizing and union building initiatives in the sub-region.