n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Assessing the patterns and challenges of employment casualisation practices in the beverage sector in Lagos, Nigeria

Volume 14 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562



The growing prominence of globalisation no doubt has altered the functions and activities of major labour markets across the globe, Nigeria inclusive, with antecedent structural changes for the world of work. This article assesses how these changes have engendered different patterns of labour casualisation and stimulated the degree of challenges for both the working people and the beverage sector labour union. The premise of the article is anchored on the Neo-liberal and Labour Market Segmentation Theories. The article employs a qualitative case study research design, to unearth in-depth responses through a purposive sampling of trade union leaders. The semi-structured interview was employed and data were transcribed and summarized. The themes were also identified and analysed with a content analytical tool. The article argues that the patterns of non-standard work practices in the Nigerian beverage sector have somewhat nuance features from what is obtainable in other sectors of the economy. The result of this study reveals outsourced and contract employment as the two dominant non-standard employment practices, with various shades of work challenges for workers and the labour union. The article makes a case for the review of major Nigeria’s labour legislation for the incorporation of casual employment work practices, with the explicit narration of their terms of employment. This is as the Ministry of Labour and Employment is equally encouraged to effectively carry out its monitoring and inspection functions.

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