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Title:Sociological investigation of the use of casual workers in selected Asian firms in Lagos, Nigeria
Author:Okafor, Emeka E.
Periodical:Ibadan journal of the social sciences (ISSN 1597-5207)
Geographic term:Nigeria
private enterprises
informal sector
working conditions
Abstract:The influx of Asian firms into Nigeria over the last decade has exacerbated the use of casual workers in the production process. Little or no attempt has been made by scholars to understand the plights of this category of workers and to give them a voice. This study examines the working conditions of casual workers in three Asian firms in Lagos. The study utilizes both neo-liberalism and Social Action Theory as theoretical framework. In a sample of 195 casual workers, questionnaires and in-dept oral interviews were conducted. The results show that most casual workers describe their working conditions as poor and their work as indecent. Also, most casual workers rated their job satisfaction and work commitment as low. The paper argues that the prevalent use of casual workers is connected to the general unemployment and poverty created by the weak economy. In this situation, workers no longer perceive work as a natural phenomenon to be enjoyed, but a compulsion needed to survive. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]