The Right to Strike: A Beam to Labour Relations and Sustainable Development in Nigeria

Indeed, strike actions command change, where deemed fit, and remain the natural powers ascribed to workers, not just to ask, but also to force the employer to concede to their demands. The questions often raised are is strike a ‘necessary evil’ in Nigeria? Can an employer of labour, trample upon the right of workers to strike? What is the status of the right to strike here in Nigeria? This is the pivot of this paper. In a bid to resolve these issues, the paper adopted the doctrinal method of research, relying heavily on primary sources, such as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (as amended) and relevant labour statutes. It highlighted the fundamental nature of this right, in labour relations, where optimal peace is the target. It further, underscored the present status of the right here in Nigeria. It was established that, trade disputes are inevitable and ought to be addressed through the emancipation of the right to strike. It was observed in the paper that, there are challenges to the recognition of the right to strike here, which are, that the right is not yet a positive right, and the onerous process for engaging in strikes, under the law. To this end, the paper recommended that, collective agreements reached here in Nigeria must be respected and honored. In addition, the right to strike must be constitutionalized. Lastly, the judiciary must wake-up, to give the right to strike, the desired esteem.