oa Africa Insight - The state and industrial relations in Nigeria

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The intention of this article is to examine the nature, purpose and scope of state intervention in labour-management relations in Nigeria. The development of state intervention will be traced from the colonial days with a view to determining whether there has been any radical departure from the philosophy of the colonial administration. An effort will also be made to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention both now and in the past. The nature and scope of state intervention in industrial relations depends largely on a country's political ideology and the level of economic development. In totalitarian countries, where trade unions are mainly creatures of the government, state intervention is pervasive. In democracies, however, state intervention in labour-management relations is essentially permissive.

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