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Title:Consciousness, Organization and Action amongst Lagos Portworkers
Author:Waterman, Peter
Year:1978
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:5
Issue:13
Period:May-August
Pages:47-62
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:dockworkers
trade unions
Labor and Employment
Economics and Trade
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056247808703373
Abstract:The present paper examines the relatively well-paid and relatively secure workers employed by the state sector in a peripheral capitalist society, Nigeria. The workers concerned are the employees in Lagos of the National Ports Authority. Trade unions have a long history in the ports, and militant action has been used effectively to force concessions from management. This has not given rise to any explicit class consciousness. Workers do not identify any visible friends, or enemies, of the portworkers. Port unions have acted together with other unions in the public sector. Neither they, nor their members, have collaborated with the privately- employed dockworkers, with whom the portworkers share a common site. Ref.
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