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Title:The Nigerian labour movement under the military
Author:Isamah, AustinISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:trade unions
military regimes
Abstract:Since the coming to power of the military in Nigeria in 1966, several factors have functioned to make the relationship between the military in government and organized labour problematic, if not outright antagonistic. The present paper examines the nature of the military-trade union relationship within the framework of national development. After describing both the military and the labour movement, their different orientations, conditioned by organizational values and norms, and their experiences, the author examines the nature of their relationship and how it has unfolded since 1966. The military, with its monopoly over the instruments of coercion, has over the years sought ways to subjugate and control the trade unions, which have resisted as much as they can. However, under intense pressure from successive military regimes, Nigeria's once vibrant and militant labour movement has become reticent and feeble. Bibliogr., sum.