What Sort of Collective Bargaining is Emerging in Nigeria?

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Opute, J. and Mahmoud, A.B. (2021). What Sort of Collective Bargaining is Emerging in Nigeria? Personnel Review.
AuthorsOpute, J. and Mahmoud, A.B.
Abstract

Purpose: Nigeria is experiencing an expanding variety of what is termed collective bargaining, which is being propelled by socio-economic challenges and the emerging political dispensation that had long eluded the country, albeit the numerous contours needing some pragmatic approaches from the state, employers of labour and the trade unions at the local and national levels. Therefore, this paper represents an attempt to illustrate the rising collective bargaining pattern in Nigeria.
Methods: The paper drew on employee and employer sectoral associations examples together with labour union structures of the state to assess what underlined collective bargaining developments from the broad context of collective bargaining and the industrial relations implications. Content analysis was employed to analyse the secondary data (found in relevant company handbooks, policies, collective agreements, etc.) and primary data obtained through unstructured interviews.
Findings: A form of collective bargaining is emerging where the trade unions are embracing symbiotic agreements at plant levels to improve conditions of employment and thus weakening the hold of the national union from collective bargaining— a move that may challenge the conceptual framework of collective bargaining as conceived by many states in developing economies.
Originality: This is an investigative paper, carefully trailing the framework of collective bargaining from direct contacts with all stakeholders in the labour corridors of Nigeria - such as the Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Employer’s Federation, Metal Products Workers Union of Nigeria and Personnel Practitioners, cutting across all the segments of the political and economic development of the country.

Year2021
JournalPersonnel Review
PublisherEmerald
ISSN0048-3486
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Accepted23 Dec 2021
Deposited24 Dec 2021
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