For the first time in years there was one joint Mayday rally
of all the trade unions. The Marxists intervened successfully in spite of
attempts by the police to stop the distribution of material. Meanwhile the
petit bourgeois left are once again making the same mistakes as in the past by
mouthing the same slogans as the bourgeois “opposition”.
The recent elections in Nigeria
were blatantly rigged. The problem is that the official bourgeois oppositions
is incapable of doing anything about it. That is because they serve the same
interests. It is up to the working class to build its own party through the
trade unions and offer a genuine socialist way out of the present crisis.
The Nigerian authorities are attempting to crush all
independent student union representation. At the OAU campus the students are
valiantly defending their right to organise but have been met with a brutal
response. Please add your name to the protest.
The Obasanjo regime in Nigeria boasts about its economic achievements, but it is only fooling itself. The real situation is that polarisation between the classes, with extreme wealth for the few and intense poverty for the many, has never been so great.
A Labour Party has been launched in Nigeria and is
standing candidates in the forthcoming elections. Unfortunately it is dominated
by bourgeois politicians, in many cases people who have abandoned the rotten
ship of the discredited parties that make up the present set up. That may
explain why so few workers have joined it so far.
While promising to meet the unions, the Nigerchin management
is trying to use scan labour to break the strike. On recognising the workers’
right to join any union thy wish they have raised the excuse that they must
first consult with the owners back in China! These workers are fighting
for basic trade union rights. Please support the solidarity campaign and raise
this in your union.
Chemical workers at the
Nigerian company, NIGERCHIN, have come out on an indefinite strike simply to
defend their right to join the trade union of their choice. Trade union
activists and members are being victimised because of this. They need your
support! Raise this issue among your workmates and friends and get letters of
protest sent off.
On top of all its other anti-working class policies, the Obasanjo
regime in Nigeria
has recently introduced a new pension scheme, which is nothing other than a
privatisation of pensions, with investment funds taking over the running of
workers' pensions, funds which could collapse easily, and with no government
guarantees, leaving future pensioners destitute.
Back in February two Lagos students were killed by police as they protested against the recent hike in school fees. In some cases fees have been increased a hundred times over. This is making it practically impossible for poor and working class Nigerian children to get an education.