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Lagos Tailors, Trade Unions, and Organizations in the Informal Economy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)In: African Studies Review, ISSN 0002-0206, E-ISSN 1555-2462, Vol. 56, no 3, 191-208 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In January 2012 a broad spectrum of popular groups staged an unprecedented protest against the removal of what has been termed a “subsidy” on fuel prices by the Nigerian government. The participation of tailors in this national political event suggests that self-employed artisans were prepared to transcend their narrow nonpolitical agenda to promote their interests and demands for decent social and economic conditions. Interviews with participating organization representatives in Lagos indicate the supportive role of alliances with labor unions and organized informal workers at large. We see current global developments in the textile industry as conducive to this outcome.

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2013. Vol. 56, no 3, 191-208 p.
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Trade unions, grassroots organisations, Africa, informal enterprises
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99577DOI: 10.1017/asr.2013.85ISI: 000340824700009OAI: diva2:687259
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-09-22Bibliographically approved

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