n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - The relevance of International Labour Organisation conventions to promote rights of workers and fair labour and industrial practice in Nigeria

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The Nigerian labour practice, just like the Nigerian legal system, is governed by laws and rules that owe their origin from many sources. This is because of the nature of the legal system, which is influenced by the customary practices of the people, the colonial link and the creation of our legislation, upon independence. Another very important source of obligation, both for Nigeria, and its workforce, is international law. This is derived as a result of Nigeria's membership to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the community of nations. Thus, international law standards also apply in Nigeria to affect the rights of workers and fair labour and industrial practice in Nigeria. The methodology adopted in this work is the doctrinal research method which is a legal research approach of analyzing texts and instruments on the subject matter. The purpose of this paper is to show that ILO Conventions and Standards are relevant for the promotion of rights of workers in Nigeria, and for the establishment of fair labour and industrial practices in Nigeria. The significance of this work is that it justifies, for the Nigerian legal system, the need to make these ILO Conventions and Recommendations, domestically enforceable. This paper has the potential to influence the application of ILO standards by both the executive and the judiciary, within the Nigerian legal system, with the effect that workers will enjoy better protection and rights.

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