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The Nigerian informal economy Instigating decent work and pay, and national development through unionisation

The Nigerian informal economy Instigating decent work and pay, and national development through... Purpose – This paper aims to address the issue of unionisation of the largely non‐unionised informal economic activities as a strategy for achieving decent work and pay as well as promoting national development in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – The adopted methods include review of archival information and survey of the perspectives of the stakeholders in Nigeria's industrial relations system. To facilitate the realisation of expected developmental objectives, monitoring, evaluation, capacity building, organising and advocacy roles are recommended jointly and severally for the stakeholders. Findings – It was found that decent work and pay, which would assist poverty minimisation and thus national development, would be furthered by unionisation of the informal sector. At the same time, there are many barriers faced by unions in seeking to organise in the latter area. Research limitations/implications – The research focuses only on aspects of informal working; the informal economy represents a multi‐facetted and spatially diverse phenomenon. Originality/value – This paper provides a detailed review of employment relations in non‐standard work in Africa, an area much neglected in the literature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Employee Relations: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

The Nigerian informal economy Instigating decent work and pay, and national development through unionisation

Employee Relations: An International Journal , Volume 30 (4): 19 – Jun 27, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0142-5455
DOI
10.1108/01425450810879358
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to address the issue of unionisation of the largely non‐unionised informal economic activities as a strategy for achieving decent work and pay as well as promoting national development in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – The adopted methods include review of archival information and survey of the perspectives of the stakeholders in Nigeria's industrial relations system. To facilitate the realisation of expected developmental objectives, monitoring, evaluation, capacity building, organising and advocacy roles are recommended jointly and severally for the stakeholders. Findings – It was found that decent work and pay, which would assist poverty minimisation and thus national development, would be furthered by unionisation of the informal sector. At the same time, there are many barriers faced by unions in seeking to organise in the latter area. Research limitations/implications – The research focuses only on aspects of informal working; the informal economy represents a multi‐facetted and spatially diverse phenomenon. Originality/value – This paper provides a detailed review of employment relations in non‐standard work in Africa, an area much neglected in the literature.

Journal

Employee Relations: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 27, 2008

Keywords: Economic development; Pay policies; Trade unions; Nigeria

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