Institute tasks trade unions on sustainable democracy in Africa
The Director-General of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Issa Aremu, has urged organised labour and civil society organisations to complement elected democratic governments in Africa in defending constitutionalism and opposing military coups.
Aremu stated this while declaring open a regular in-plant seminar on ‘Conflict Resolution Through Interest Based Bargaining: Strategies and Structure’ attended by the officials of trade unions and employers’ organisations and officials responsible for labour-management relations in the country.
Aremu said it was imperative against the background of what he called “recent unacceptable undemocratic” military coups in Mali, Guinea and Sudan, that trade unionists speak out and resist the unconstitutional usurpation of power in the continent.
According to him, the first casualties of unconstitutional order are human and trade union rights, adding that “illegal regime changes are as much a threat to the elected ruling class as to the poor working class.”
While hailing decades of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, he called on the organised labour movement to condemn and resist any ‘undemocratic shortcut’ to power, saying, “sustainable development is only possible through rules and process, which only democracy guarantees.
“There is a long assured road to prosperity through democracy, while the short cut thorny path of military regimes perpetuates poverty, lack of accountability and underdevelopment.”