Regulatory Framework and Trade Union Development in Nigeria

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Ideh, D.A.
Ekwoaba, J.O.
Olusanya, O.A.
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University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
Trade unions play significant roles in shaping the Nigerian labour market and in the development of the nation. The role of trade unions has made its development a matter of great concern to the government, resulting in the enactment of various regulations to guide trade union activities and promote industrial peace throughout the nation. The purpose of this paper is to appraise the effect government regulatory interventions have on trade union development in Nigeria. The paper adopted a qualitative research approach using information gathered from secondary sources. It was observed that government regulations have positive and negative consequences for trade union development in Nigeria. The study concluded that various government regulations were made to address the challenges arising from the circumstances of the time of enactment; some of the regulations were aimed at undermining the powers of trade unions and their leaders. Most of the reforms and the laws were based on unilateral actions by the government, which negates the spirit of tripartism and social dialogue. It is recommended that government should, in future, explore the possibility of consulting the unions and adopting social dialogue in formulating laws and regulations that guide the conduct of trade unions.
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Trade Union , Regulatory Framework , Development , Ordinance , Structure , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Business and economics
Ideh, Dumebi Anthony; Ekwoaba, Joy Onyinyechi & Olusanya, Olasunmbo A. (2020). Regulatory Framework and Trade Union Development in Nigeria. Ilorin Journal of Human Resource Management (IJHRM), 4(2), 103-112.