DOCK WORKERS AGITATE IN COURT FOR TEN YEARS UNPAID SALARY




About two hundred dock workers stormed the premises of the National Industrial Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, for the first hearing of their case on Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 between the modern enslaved dock workers and Energy Neftegas Limited (Nig).
The banners of ENL/Terminal Dockworkers Struggle and Campaign for Democratic Workers Rights (CDWR) were hoisted respectively to popularize the demands of the workers. More so, placards with sharp demands like "ENL pay us our ten years salary," "Nationalize the Nigerian port under democratic control and management by workers", etc. etc. were also raised to capture the attention of passer-by and residents.

Solidarity songs were chanted to enliven the spirit of the workers and this was done for about fifty minutes. Later on, leaders of the group, Adebisi, Gerald and others spoke to their members on why they were at the court while stressing that, with spirited struggle, the ENL will be forced to pay the salaries callously owed for ten years. Members of Ajegunle DSM who have been organizing the workers for several months now were equally there to solidarize with the struggle.

The court hearing started around 12: 30pm and ran for almost two hours. The case was presided over by Justice Kanynip. According to the judge the case brought before him by Energy Neftegas Limited (Nig) was "criminal" and "illegal" because of the way the collective bargaining was maneuvered by them.

The judge also said that according to the Trade Union Act the Sea Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) was never the principal group to sign for "collective bargaining" because they are not a registered Trade Union.

Subsequently the case was adjourned to 30 May, 2017. After the hearing, Barr Gabriel and Prof. Fagnon of Centre for Human Rights and Constitutional Democracy in Africa respectively addressed the workers.

Ajegunle DSM members who addressed the workers also called for the payment of the dock workers salary by ENL and the nationalization of the Nigerian port under workers democratic control and management. By and large, the outing registered a huge success on the part of the dock workers present at the Court sitting for their campaign.

By FIDEL DAVYNOVICH, AJEGUNLE DSM
This article was published in www.socialistnigeria.org in 5 March, 2017 over the refusal of Energy Neftegas Limited (Nig) to pay six hundred and eighty eight dock workers who have given their sweat to build the pyramid of the company.
YOUTH RESTIVENESS: ILL OF AN UNEQUAL SOCIETY CAUSED BY CAPITALISM.

YOUTH RESTIVENESS: ILL OF AN UNEQUAL SOCIETY CAUSED BY CAPITALISM.


In recent time, the numbers of youth restiveness between the ages of 15 to 23 in the past ten to fifteen months have being on the rise in various communities of Lagos State and Nigeria as whole. These youth engage themselves into petty social crime and even on the extreme as way out to resolve the immediate mountainous crisis left in the mouth of poor working class families to bite by the system of capitalism without any philosophic program to resolve the compounded contradiction.

This is to further continue to bull and point fingers harder at the faces of APC, PDP, and all bourgeois political parties responsible to the growing crisis killing the economy that they are all complete failure. The APC and PDP were wolves eating the goats in the field of plenty. They are the creator of what haunt us today because of the system of profit which to them is primary before providing social amenities just like in what Jakande government did in the second Republic through State intervention.

But what we have seen in the two years of this regime under the APC government in the palm of Buhari/Osibanjo administration, who called themselves changers to break the chain of poverty, is to continue from where the former looters under Jonathan administration has stop as reality reveals. They haven’t in any way implement working class pro-mass policies to really effect changes they bribed Nigerians in the 2015 general election that became a street talk. As far the APC, PDP and all looters parties are in government continue to run the philosophy of capitalism. Things will get worst and life to remain miserable for the poor class.

As it is currently seen in the country, the rise of youth restiveness haunts people with fear because of the corrupt capitalist politicians that have held the progress of this country down like prisoners. Among others, the unemployment crisis is one colossal failure both the PDP, APC federal and state government can’t solve as things stand. However, some of these youths (boys and girls) who engages into social crime are mostly dropout from public and private schools in the poor ghetto communities, whose parents can’t be able or afford to pay and provide their immediate needs.

Because of the social experience that drinks from the cup of social reality, many of these parents who are poor market men and women, unpaid pensioners owed by both Federal and States government for more than five years and six months, the unpaid minimum wage of N18, 000: 00 including jobless parents felt the Buhari government is wrapping Nigeria with the blanket theme of barbarism as far they are concern judging from the inability of the bourgeois government to implement any pro-mass reform program base on nationalizing the commanding height of the economy not for profit as usual.

The 2017 budget of Nigeria totaling the sum of N7.298trillion where education, health, transport were N398.01, N252.87, N262 billions respectively confirm that the APC government is a total failure to the Nigerian masses. That doesn’t have the growing gargantuan crisis at heart as the budget reflects where Capital Expenditure of N2.24trillion even when is 30% higher compare to 2016, still weeps bitterly under the nift anus of how bourgeois politicians have now and then ruin the country. This shows that the APC Buhari/Osibanjo government circle with policies of privatization and deregulation drives the country into further deeper crisis eating raw the poor people.

Privatization and commercialization should be held responsible for whatever is going on not the Nigerian poor working class families and the rise of youth restiveness currently witness in the Nigeria; as some bourgeois theoretician tries persuade us into stoicism for us to have sympathy for the government that the Buhari/Osibanjo APC failure government inherited this economic recession. This for reality is a colossal lie that has broken itself with contradiction as we have seen the inevitability of the APC capitalist oriented party finds it hardly to fight the so-called corruption they claim to do.

That is why the need to nationalize the commanding height of the economy under workers democratic control and management including the poor masses is not out of place to challenge the system of inequality breeding somnambulism subsistence. The youth restiveness is not also unconnected to the provision of social amenities being in place by the government to curb the psychological collapse of the human mind left in the conundrum of destitution.

According to a recent publication from New Telegraph on Wednesday January 23, 2017 reported a version of the Youth Restiveness that is growing, linking it to gangster group like the One Million Boys and how it emerged, the Indomie Boys etc in the various part of Lagos. The report further said according to a quoted passage in it. “The main problem is unemployment and poverty in the land is one of the major reasons youths are being lured into these groups. Anyone who isn’t jobless (or acquired the necessary free quality public education government should have provide) wouldn’t fall prey to these rascals”.

It is just like what Awolowo the then leader of the Action Group in the First Republic said. “When you give a man a hole to dig for twenty years and you are consistent paying the wage. That man will never stop digging. But the moment you take the digging away from him. He takes back to social crime”. This is the exact nature of what the today’s Federal and State government of APC, PDP have created in our society, failing to implement pro-mass policies that will improve the poor living condition. The ideology of capitalism has created.

Like in Ajegunle, the rise of youth restiveness is another episode among other States in the federation where bourgeois politicians run draconian policies have rolled out through failure of providing social package for the mass. Like between October to December, 2016 these restless youths between the ages of 16 to 20 belonging to different groups like Campus Boys, Shofori Boys etc. move in their hundreds to embark on community clash with other group. For some of them it is an avenue to adventure into stealing, destroying petty properties, injuring each other etc. that people in the neighbourhood have to run for hiding.

And because of the growing rate of poverty that is more than 70% in many working class families living under the unpaid minimum wage of N18, 000, about thirty States government have refused to pay and shifted the budget for business. The numbers of youth on daily basis in social crime and unrest increase every day. In every week, there is every possibility that two or three days hardly goes by without being end up with these teenage boys embarking in collision in the community. This has being the consequential feature of what capitalist policies have created. The worst of this is that a lot of these boys that stroll in the street in group without job, adequate funded education and better living condition government should have provided erupt into something else.

While this is a notable scene among hundreds going on in other States in Nigeria that has evolve in poor working class communities where youth restiveness is rapidly growing because of unemployment, lack of proper funded public education, better living condition, creation of recreational centres, provision of free acquisition skill centres etc. Both the Buhari and Ambode led APC government and its crook business tycoons might want to hiss itself outside the pointing fingers directed to them.

But from the tune of reality and class differences created by neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism respectively down to the throat of economic hardship people are going through in addition to the tonnage of poverty. Its confirms capitalism and all business parties are failures; and unable to resolve the economic challenges faced by people, unless there is a scientific socialist transformation of society things will continue to get terribly.

An example to hammer the head of APC Buhari Federal and Ambode State government are the budget for education in 2017 that is 7% and 5% respectively are far below the UNESCO standard of 26% budgetary allocation for developing country like ours. It is not even enough to provide all the necessary quality education needed in the country, which hugely is what is responsible to the numbers of youths dropout from school that later recruited themselves into destitute groups in the ghetto poor class communities.

This for itself further confirms that the APC Buhari/Osibanjo led chain philosophy and other bourgeois politicians and syndicate in government are incapable to provide the so-called change as its 2017 budget said: “We will CHANGE our habits and we will CHANGE Nigeria” claim to offer Nigerians. Ultimately, if youth restiveness will have new face entirely expected by Nigerians, the need of government having pro-mass oriented program and using public resources to provide basic social welfare for the poor class is un-debatable.

With the boost of the 2017 budget where bench mark for crude oil is US$42.5 per barrel and to be sold in world oil market at the rate of US$58 and above as the market decides in capitalist economy; nothing practically should be expected by the poor working mass from this regime. What will befall is more of this social unrest seriously hitting young people right now embarking into horrible means to survive. However, in the coming period the rate of this social unrest and youth restiveness will get sharper to cut us. In fact, people living in fear currently will be redoubling if the economy hardship continues as it is currently design.

Perhaps, a sharp comparison needs be drawn to slap the mouth of the APC, PDP politicians toasting the celebration of crude oil price jumping from US$20 per barrel to US$58 per barrel currently; and yet the revenue of it will finally end in their bank account. That what the Jakande UPN government in the second republic did with public resources is triple to what today’s pro-capitalist politicians can’t do because program oriented towards the poor class demands become the determinant of a better government.

Even though the Jakande regime in Lagos State in 1979 to 83 was never a socialist in nature yet it was able through a pro-mass radical program at least reduce the rate of poverty to a measurable ratio. Hundreds of free funded qualitative public primary and secondary classrooms and schools were built equipped with adequate facilities including Lagos State University. Employment was created with good living condition; housing, roads, etc were all put in place under the Jakande UPN government.

This is to show in scientific socialism that public resources under the democratic control and management of the means of production by workers and the poor class  where elected officers must be subject to recall not what later took place in the Soviet Union by the Stalinist Bureaucracy and machinery years after the revolution; failing to understand the benefit of the 1917 Russian socialist revolution, will adequately used public resources to totally eradicate the growing nifty rate of poverty leading to barbarism under capitalism.    
    

By
FIDEL DAVYNOVICH
DSM AJEGUNLE REPORTER



Hungary Backs Away From Pledge to ‘Sweep Out’ Soros-Funded NGOs

Hungary Backs Away From Pledge to ‘Sweep Out’ Soros-Funded NGOs

Hungary’s government retreated from a pledge to “sweep out” charities funded by billionaire George Soros, but it’s still planning to tighten rules on non-governmental organizations, according to the head of the prime minister’s office.

A senior member of Premier Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party vowed this week to use “all tools at its disposal” to crack down on the 86-year-old billionaire’s network of charities and accused it of “serving global capitalists” and backing “political correctness over national governments.”

The official, Szilard Nemeth, said on Thursday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory had created an opportunity to target groups including those that fight for civil rights and against corruption. Another party official, however, backed away from that position.

“We’re not going to sweep out anybody,” Janos Lazar, the minister in charge of Orban’s office, told reporters in Budapest on Thursday. Still, he said foreign organizations’ books would be audited because “every Hungarian has a right to know who wants to influence them” from abroad.

The threat against foreign-funded NGOs follows criticism from the European Commission and U.S. President Barrack Obama’s administration against Orban in his pursuit of a self-described “illiberal state” modeled on authoritarian regimes including Russia and Turkey.

In 2014, Orban said civil society groups financed from abroad were covers for “paid political activists,” and lawmakers will start debating a bill this year to let authorities audit NGO executives, according to parliament’s legislative agenda.

Daniel Makonnen, a communications officer at the Open Society Foundations in Budapest, Soros’s main conduit for aid to more than 60 Hungarian NGOs, declined to immediately comment when reached by phone. OSF has spent more than $1.6 billion on democratic development in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in the past 30 years. Back in 1989, Orban was among those who received scholarships funded by Soros to study abroad.

Like Trump, who has accused Hungarian-born Soros of being part of a “global power structure” that has “robbed” the working class, Orban has frequently denounced the U.S. Democratic Party supporter as he centralized power since returning to power in 2010.
 
“The American citizen Gyorgy Soros has decided that he will be Viktor Orban’s opponent and opposition in Hungarian politics,” Lazar said. “I think people have the right to know which organization he’s doing this through.”

Other countries have also targeted the charity. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration banned it in 2015, saying that it threatened the country’s security and constitution. Authorities in the former Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan shut down the group’s local office in 2004. In Israel, lawmakers passed a bill last year requiring foreign-funded NGOs to disclose the source of donations from abroad if such payments make up more than half of their funding.


Source: http://www.bloomberg.com
1 9 5 9

1 9 5 9

1 9 5 9

I
Behind voice of guns
Broken barricade of 1 9 5 9
Paved road for revolution


Island locked in stock
Against stomach seal with hunger
Aristocracy eats on imperialist table
Plantation of existence

While life tear self bloodily
Under with pain toil to death
Earls before ‘5 9
And wardens of continent

Barricade with philosophy
Resources street leap for
Like crawling ape for
Stolen scrambles locked

Holders before ‘5 9
Gangs of ward remnant
Barricaded with stock guns
But ‘5 9 tremble for fighters

Heaven ice hearing voices
Revolution in hose of guns
Guns in farmers’ fingers
Breaking wall of 1 9 5 9

Through arrow’s voice at front
Fired at aristocracy before ‘5 9
Landlords, gangs, government
And philosophy feeding fattest

Earl’s fat getting fatter
Than Island encamp for wardens
Shipping better life banking
While street rolled back suffering
Drink saliva to kill thirst
Life nail to cloud of death

II
Lesson must awaken consciousness
Over roof of 1 9 5 9
Now held as concept
Schools schooling inside shadow
Of rolling beside heroism

 History walks faster
Like Einstein pivot of reason
That fighters’ need energy
Hands hammered with industrialization

And penury down to grave
To drop veil from face of market
Hiding stinking sore at body
Atmosphere want end of this

And shout with united voice
In today’s artery witness
The hose of ‘5 9 offers to
Voice of guns behind hero

Celebrated at museum Cuba
Philosophers schooling self
Fold reason off outside bulletin
Of mass hammer of industrialization
Like snow city of ‘1 7

Recited like farmer’s boy poet
Poetry written with blood of humans
Humans of shoes earth fights with
Solidarity to fall market gate
Encamped like in Franco’s camp

1 9 5 9 of great revolution
Students of star-like-barrette
World denies not preface
Yet, index is hammers’ power

Road of hammers’ poem
Voice to unveil face of stock
Not like how hero of ‘5 9
In Island peasant guns and bureaucrat

Followed footprint of Stalin
Revolutions in hands of Commandants
Was opportunity of contradiction?
Stalin said is leather jacket of Marxism

For revolution like 1 9 5 9
And bigger thick cloud must follow
As legacy the world must understand
The library of Leon Trotsky teaches

That life can break chain through
Hammers’ of workers power

By
Fidel Davy
A CONTINUED STRUGGLE DEMANDING 1O YEARS ENTITLEMENT  The report of dock workers meeting

A CONTINUED STRUGGLE DEMANDING 1O YEARS ENTITLEMENT The report of dock workers meeting



About ninety five dock workers from the five different sublet companies (Daisy Chain, Bluche, Biz Biak, Tobef etc) that are eight hundred and eighty six under ENL Consortium Nig. ltd gathered on 25 November, 2016 (Friday) to review the whole seven month old of their struggle, they workers have been demanding through peaceful and protest letters etc the private shipping company pay them their ten years unpaid benefit and arrears they worked for.

Being there struggle have jump in-to the lane of legal battle with ENL, the workers agitation over this matter becomes more sharper in knowing what to do next to earn their victory. At the meeting that lasted for nearly two hours, there was a debate whether to procrastinate their weekly meeting till next year before their first court sitting on 22 February, 2017 between them Dock workers and ENL Consortium Nig. Ltd; or continued gathering together just the way it has been done for months now on discussing strategy to sustain their struggle?

Why this debate of procrastination it became the pillar of 25 November, 2016 Dock workers meeting, one of the worker on his feet said that postponing the usual Friday meeting won’t augur well. “In fact, it will kill the whole morale of workers”. For him, he suggested the meeting should continue just the way they have been holding it. Other workers who also spoke said the same thing without eating their tongue in misinterpretation and consequence of not totally agreeing to procrastination. 

Comrades who were in the meeting also accord with previous workers who spoke and argued for the general meeting to continued aftermath of November 25 meeting held on Friday. The comrade speaking said the importance of the meeting is to keep the united force of the workers together in order not to loose grip of the struggle because of the reputation earned in previously political struggle in-addition to the pressure lit beneath the anus of both NIMASA and private owners of ENL Consortium for month.

The comrade further said it will be better to keep the meeting going even though it won’t be the traditional days of every Friday but fortnight will be a proposal. After much deliberations and proposals on how to move forward and consolidate the struggle while approaches next year (2017).

The ninety five Dock workers generally accord on the following resolution with members of DSM present in the meeting:

1.     The general meeting of Dock workers shall be held fortnight on 2 and 16 December, 2016 respectively. And immediately after the festive period as was agreed by all the workers the meeting shall resume 13 January, 2017. And after then, meetings return back to every Friday till their first court sitting.
 
2.    It was agreed that leaders of ENL/TERMINAL DOCKYARD STRUGGLE should meet with Barrister Gabriel handling their case after his return from the burial he attended to write for appeal so to backtrack the 22 February, 2017 first court sitting to either December, 2016 or January, 2017. However, no paper was sold.   

Immediately after the resolution was adopted, a man between the aged brackets of 60 to 70 asked a question directly to the leaders of ENL/TERMINAL DOCKYARD STRUGGLE that, after the first court sitting, what then will be the next? From most of the reactions gotten from the leaders they said they will continue with their struggle for the whole entitlement to be paid.

Politically, DSM members who quickly make reaction to the question also said that because of the way “law” in capitalist government and politics is run most especially when it has to do with workers and oppressed, it will be difficult for justice to prevail with them Dock workers if refused putting up a political fight. For us members of DSM, that is the only way to earn victory as far ENL consortium is concern they won’t stop at a step. Instead they will do everything to break the spine of the struggle if shield is put-off. no copy of the Social Democracy bulletin was sold.

However, toward the end of the meeting, leaders of the group addressing the workers for almost an hour and thirty minutes briefly told their members that there was information about the management of the company intending to call the eight hundred and eighty six of ENL/TERMINAL DOCKYARD STRUGGLE for negotiation. Hearing this, more than half of the workers at the meeting reacted sharply that the time hasn’t ripe for it. That they workers will continue with their struggle until owners of ENL Consortium (shipping company benefitting hugely from the policies of privatization). No copy of the Social Democracy bulletin was sold.