n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Liberal democracy, trade unionism and sustainable development in Nigeria

Volume 2, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562


The yearnings for political change within the labour circles in Nigeria have engendered a Marxian orientation to trade unionism in the country. However, for the trade unions to accommodate the individual rights of both the bourgeoisies and proletariats; it became necessary for the unions to have a rethink of Marxism. This rethinking exercise resulted to the formation of a labour party that seeks to operate under the tenets of social democracy. But enthroning social democracy in Nigeria requires that its people display some measure of altruism. Nevertheless, both in yester years and today, politics in Nigeria has been largely dominated by an enlightened self interest. Consequently, social democracy as presently conceived by Nigeria's organized labour may be illusory. Against this background, this article argues that for the trade union movement to sustain its relevance within the present globalized liberal political culture; its toga of a revolutionary outfit must give way to a new business orientation to trade unionism. This would help catalyze the creation of a Nigerian entrepreneurial society which is a sine qua non for any sustainable development in the country.

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