The effects of industrial conflicts and strikes in Nigeria: A socio-economic analysis
AbstractThe main thrust of this paper is to analyse and discuss the socio-economic implications of industrial conflicts, particularly strikes, in Nigeria. Industrial conflict was identified as the discord that occurs when the goals, interest or values of different individuals or groups in an industrial setting are incompatible. This conflict is however, inevitable. Such attributes like refusal of union recognition, public policies, failure of collective bargaining, etc, were identified as some of the reasons and causes of industrial conflicts. However, the paper identified that the strike incidence and propensity in Nigeria are alarming. This paper further averred that while industrial conflicts, strikes and work stoppages affect tremendously the economic development of Nigeria through low national productivity, it also has serious sociological consequences such as the dislocation and severance of the socialisation function of work. The paper therefore, recommended that all stakeholders involved in industrial relations should adopt systematic and sustainable mechanisms – including collective bargaining in addition to political solutions toward arresting the embarrassing, incessant and recurring spate of strikes.
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