Industrial Relations in Developing Countries: The Case of Nigeria

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Industrial Relations in Developing Countries: The Case of Nigeria

By Abel K. Ubeku
St. Martin's, 1984
246 pp. $27.95
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In this study of Nigeria's labor relations, the author (a lawyer and industrial policy expert who is also managing director of Guinness/Nigeria) lays out a detailed picture of Nigeria's labor negotiation machinery in the context of Western, Soviet and Third World analogues. As such, he provides a useful reference on a scantily explored subject. However, his analysis of Nigeria's development dilemmas stops on the threshold of "Nigerianization," ignoring the economic record of the past few years, and the increase in non-productive economic activity. Thus his prescription for more state intervention in labor negotiation "in the interest of all in society," assuming as it does an effective governmental grand design and intention, fails to convince.