DG tasks Trade Unions to defend Democracy in Africa

DG tasks Trade Unions to defend Democracy in Africa


The Director General of  Micheal Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS Comrade Issa Aremu has urged Organised  Labour and Civil Society Organisations to compliment elected democratic governments in Africa in defending constitutionalism and opposing military coups.

The Director General who is also a member of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS spoke while declaring open a regular in -plant seminar on “Conflict Resolution Through Interest Based Bargaining: Strategies and Structure”.

The seminar was attended by the  Officials of Trade Unions and Employers’ Organisations, Heads of Departments/Units, Labour and Development and Officials Responsible for Labour-Management Relations in Nigeria.

Comrade Aremu said it was imperative against the background of what he called “recent unacceptable undemocratic” military coups in Mali, Guinea and Sudan, that trade unionists speak out and resist unconstitutional usurpation of power in the continent.

According to him, the first casualties of unconstitutional order are human and trade union rights, that “illegal regime changes are as much a threat to elected ruling class as much as to the poor working class.

While hailing decades  of uninterrupted democracy  in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa , the Director General observed that trade Unions had rightly taken the advantage of the democratic space in these countries to advance the cause of the working class through wage improvement, collective bargaining, free and unfettered organising and exercise of freedom of association.

He said, “Organised labour which suffered violations of rights through union dissolutions, income poverty and imprisonments have more stakes in defending democracy than any other groups in Africa ”.


He therefore called on Organised labour movement to condemn and resist any “undemocratic short  cut” to power.

“sustainable development is only possible through rules and process which only democracy guarantees”.

There is a long assured road to prosperity through democracy, while short cut thorny path of military regimes perpetuates poverty, lack of accountability and underdevelopment,”  he said.

Aremu commended the resolution of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS to impose sanctions against the military regimes in Guinea  and Mali.

In a related development the Director General hailed the INEC, the political  parties and the security agencies for conducting free and fair guber poll in Anambra.

He observed that “ Anambra shows that sustaining democracy is possible with eternal vigilance and resilience of the people.

Meanwhile the Director General disclosed that  in line with its mandate to offer policy advice to all stakeholders in managing conflicts at work places, the Micheal Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies on the directive of the Honorable Minister of state for Labour, Mr Festus Kyamo  has waded into the three week nation- wide strike embarked upon by the Joint Research and Allied Institution Unions (JORAISU) on the implementation of a disputed 10-year agreement on  wages and allowances towards a mutually acceptable resolution of all the parties.

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