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.
In March millions of Nigerian were forced to stay at home for the day
as government officials carried out a head and property count. The regime
claimed this would allow for a serious calculation of the level of unemployment
and thus allow for “job-creation” to go ahead. The operation was inefficient
and plagued by corruption. In the real world Nigerians continue to lose their
jobs, pensions, education…
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the first edition of the Workers' Alternative,
the Nigerian Marxist journal. It has not been easy keeping the banner
of genuine Marxism flying in the conditions that prevail in Nigeria but
the comrades have kept going thanks to the support and encouragement
from their numerous supporters and readers, inside and outside Nigeria.
Now to mark the anniversary they are making an appeal for more support.
The OAU University authorities are trying to stalemate negotiations
with the student union, further enraging the mass of students. Keep
sending in your protest messages. Today we received important protest
message from Greek trade unionists and youth and from the Spanish
School Students' Union. By Isiaka Adegbile, one of the victimised
The need for clarification on what has been happening at the OAU (Ife, Nigeria)
is very urgent considering the level of propaganda and outright lies and
distortions that the authorities have been churning out to the international
community. Here we are publishing a reply from the students involved in the