Trade Unions and Unionism in Nigeria: A Historical Perspective

Olusoji James George, Oluwakemi Owoyemi, Uche Onokala


Trade unions and trade unionism in Nigeria are said to be part of the legacy of colonilisation of Nigeria; as it was introduced by the colonial masters. This paper sets out to dispute this fact. This is because before the coming of the colonialists there was in place some forms of trade unions and trade unionism. This paper relies heavily on historical facts as well as some existing literatures to conclude that there was in place some forms of trade union and trade unionism in the area now named as Nigeria and that for cultural reasons trade unions and trade unionism as introduced by the British colonial masters ended up creating more problems thank it can it solve.

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Research in World Economy
ISSN 1923-3981(Print)ISSN 1923-399X(Online)


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