An Appraisal Of The Trade Union Amendment Acts Of 2005 In Relation To The Current Labour-Management Relations In Nigeria

Peter B Abu


In Nigeria, the federal government, as the largest single employer of labour, plays a dual role in the industrial relations practice in the country.  The government plays the conflicting role of employing the largest labour as well as prescribing policies to guide labour-management relations.  Thus, the industrial relations practice has had the unfortunate experience of various government transformations and interventions since the advent of the colonial rule. This paper examines the various recognition, prohibition, proscription of trade unions by the federal government and all forms of government interventions in labour management relations.  The recent enactment of the New Trade Union Amendment Act of 2005 is just one of the events that have occurred in the history of labour-management relations in Nigeria.  Therefore, the appraisal of the New Trade Union Amendment Act of 2005 includes the examination of the events, transformations, legislative measures an array of policies and responses that elapsed as well as the antecedents that led to the enactment of the New Trade Union Amendment Act.

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