Trade Union Structure and Government’s Anti-Union Public Policies: A Challenge for Unions Strategic Response in Nigeria

Justice Chidi Ngwama


The role of trade union has gone beyond dealing with workplace issues and the representing wage earners to influencing broader society which is a demonstration of the power embedded in collectivism.  Engaging in form of relationship and seeking partnership among the various structure at the company; regional/council and national level among the diverse unions are fundamental, given the strategic role of the union in the economic development of Nigeria. This study examines the outcome of this s relationship and interaction among the unions and its effect in industrial harmony within the organized labour. It also examines how the collaboration among trade unions beyond their individual differences has influenced union in developing formidable voice against common enemy and unpopular public policies.   The study thus suggests the need for trade unions to strive and maintain united front in order not to be marginalized or lose influence in the economic, social, and political issues that affect their constituencies and society in Nigeria.

Keywords: Trade Union, Workplace, Union Structure, Industrial Harmony,  Organized Labour, Public Policies.

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