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Title:Lagos tailors, trade unions, and organizations in the informal economy
Authors:Andrae, GunillaISNI
Beckman, BjörnISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:56
Issue:3
Pages:191-208
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:artisans
textile industry
work environment
informal sector
trade unions
protest
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2013.85
Abstract:In January 2012 a broad spectrum of popular groups staged an unprecedented protest against the removal of what has been termed a 'subsidy' on fuel prices by the Nigerian government. The participation of tailors in this national political event suggests that self-employed artisans were prepared to transcend their narrow nonpolitical agenda to promote their interests and demands for decent social and economic conditions. Interviews with participating organization representatives in Lagos indicate the supportive role of alliances with labour unions and organized informal workers at large. The authors see current global developments in the textile industry as conducive to this outcome. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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