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The Role of Trade Unionism in a Developing Economy

Fagbenle, Olabosipo I. (2001) The Role of Trade Unionism in a Developing Economy. Advance Management Studies. pp. 1-28.

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This paper takes a colossal look at the function and performance of trade unionism in a developing nation with a special emphasis on West Africa as a whole and Nigeria iJ;l particular. It began with a broad definition of trade union in an ordinary sense and from a legal perspective. This was followed by a general review of the history of trade \ unionism in Nigeria and West Africa from 1912 to 1938,1938 to 1976 and 1976 to date. Some of the notable unions during the period of 1912 to 1938 were the Railway Workers' Union led by Pa M.A.O. Imoudu, the Nigerian Union of Teachers and the Nigerian Marine African Workers' Union. The unionism from 1976 to date on the other hand witnessed vibrant, radical and purposeful leaders like Hassan Sunmonu, David Ogeli, Ali Chiroma, Pascal Bafyau and Adams Oshiomhole. The paper thP.n revealed that the functions and objectives of trade unions can be classified under economics, political, educational and social activities. It was further revealed that workers join unions because union is better placed and stronger than the individual worker with financially and otherwise, in promoting and defending the terms and conditions of employment. The paper concluded by emphasizing that the trade unions have a vital role to play not only in the management of industrial relations but also in the progress of the community.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 12:10

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