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the paper examined labour crisis, trade union and industrial relations in Nigeria and noted that labour crisis is an offshoot of the disharmonious industrial relations. The disharmonious industrial relations are anchored on the exploitative and oppressive tendencies of the Nigeria state and other employers of labour. Consequently, Trade unions are formed as veritable instrument for collective bargaining which will serve as bastion in protecting the interest of Nigerian workers. The paper adopted the Marxian Political Economy as an analytical construct and relied on secondary sources of data. It was observed in this paper that due to monoculture economy and the brazen primitive accumulation through corrupt practices by the actors of Nigerian state, the Nigerian economy became debilitated. The effect is that the Nigerian state found it difficult to meet up its financial obligations particularly as it concerns workers welfare. There are also the impact of under capital utilization by the industries. The bottom line of these effects, among others, is that there was massive retrenchment of workers which led to high rate of unemployment and the devaluing of the income of the workers. The paper also found out that the Nigerian state and other employers of labour are insensitive and insincere in handling the demand of the Nigerian workers. This objective condition, the paper noted led to labour crisis in Nigeria. The paper therefore recommended inter alia, that the Nigeria state, its actors and indeed Nigerians should be deodorized by upholding, imbibing and demonstrating democratic values. The stronger the Nigerian economy and the more democratic Nigerian state becomes, the lesser labour crisis in Nigeria.

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Wonah, E. I. (2019). Labour Crisis” Trade Union and Industrial Relations in Nigeria. Frontiers in Finance and Economics , 16(1), 71-83. Retrieved from