Casualization of Workers in Nigeria: Issues and Perspective

The practice of casualization in labour management has been one of the concepts that most Labour Practitioners have tried to streamline because of absent of a regulated legal regime. These to some extent affected the contractual relationship between the employer and the employee and the society. An excursion has been made on the role of this practices and it was discovered that the absence of a legal frame-work in addition other demographic changes in composition of labour forces was the strength and continued existence of the practice in a work environment. These have effects on the nation, social and family economic strength, which is the main catalyst of sustainable economic development. A look at the practice in some other jurisdiction seems to offer some coordinative relationship as both partners; employer and employee are given the right environment to create an affordable contractual relationship because of collective bargaining and responsibility in work environment, which makes minimal effect in terms of welfare, wages, unionization and industrial democracy. It is therefore recommended that the players in the industry should adopt the Ghana’s approach where casual and temporary workers are eligible to enjoy any benefit or protection offered workers by the Labour Act or any other relevant legislation. The Nigerian Labour Law be amended having gone through second reading in the National Assembly to accommodate broad acceptability for casual workers.