Subcontracting Systems and Trade Union Activities in the Building Construction Industry in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Crawford University, Ogun State, Nigeria
Subcontracting system is entrenched in the building construction process and determines work arrangements and conditions of work. Workers defend and foster their collective interests in varying work arrangements through involvement in trade union activities. This study examines the relationship between subcontracting system and trade union activities in Lagos State, Nigeria based on a cross sectional design with a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. The study accessed data from 388 building construction sites obtained through Yamane formula from a total of 13,431 sites in Lagos. Data was obtained through focus group discussions among building construction workers, and through structured questionnaire administered to 908 respondents randomly selected across the 388 building sites in five administrative divisions in Lagos State. The data obtained were analysed using SPSS involving descriptive statistics, and the formulated hypotheses were tested using Pearson Correlation at 0.05 significant level. The study found that subcontracting system is negatively correlated with union membership (r = - 0.091) and with attendance at union meetings (r = - 0.099). The study provides evidence that workers seldom participated in trade union activities and recommends the engagement of direct labour through building construction workers’ unions to boost trade union activities and promote job creation in the industry.
Building Construction , Remittance , Trade Union , Subcontracting System , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Olasunmbo Ayanfeoluwa OLUSANYA & Samuel Chidiebere OKEKE (2021). Subcontracting Systems and Trade Union Activities in the Building Construction Industry in Lagos, Nigeria. Crawford Journal of Business & Social Sciences (CJBASS), 11(1), 143-159.