Joint Action Front (JAF) on Wednesday,  announced its moves to join forces with Organised Labour to fight against all anti-capitalist policies presumed to be responsible for the socio-economic crisis in Nigeria.

This motive was established during its 4th annual Congress held on September 4th and 5th 2021 at Textile Labour House in Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.

In a press release jointly signed by the JAF Chairperson, Dr Dipo Fashina and JAF Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Aremu, the pro-labour civil society movement outlined its 4th congress resolutions as achieved with attended allies which include Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU).

Present at the 4th Congress, Comrade Aremson President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Quadri Olaleye, and President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Victor Emmanuel Osodeke, delivered the keynote: “Defining the Ideological Context of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition: Wither LASCO?” and deliberate on the theme: The Necessity of an Alternative Political Agenda to Reconstruct Nigeria.

According to a press release available to the RainSMediaRadio, NLC and ASUU give a keynote speech and "both keynote speeches re-affirmed the commitment of the NLC and ASUU to work with JAF to resuscitate the Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) and deepen collaboration with JAF in working towards an alternative political agenda of the socialist reconstruction of Nigeria."

Below are highlights of major resolutions reached during the Congress:

"JAF, with the organised Labour movement and independent of it, will remain committed to the struggles of workers and the oppressed poor masses in Nigeria.

"JAF shall, in addition to working with Labour centres – NLC and TUC, maintain the tradition of solidarity and joint struggles with the individual trade unions and professional organisations.

"System Change is not just a slogan. JAF is committed to fighting for it through the struggles and mobilisation for a socialist transformation of Nigeria."

State of the Nation

"JAF recognizes the existence, in Nigeria, of issues arising from claims of ethnic injustice. JAF is in principle, in support of any justified demands for justice. 

"JAF remains committed to a united struggle of organised Labour, artisans and professionals and the poor masses against all anti-poor capitalist policies, responsible for the socio-economic crisis in the country – unemployment, excruciating poverty and hardships, the collapse of basic infrastructure, widespread insecurity of life and property, inflation and skyrocketed prices of foodstuffs, goods and services, etc.

"JAF resolves to work towards the unity of the working class and the oppressed masses in Nigeria. And shall do so independently and with organised Labour to develop a program of action that will unite the working people and the oppressed masses, irrespective of ethnic or religious background.

"JAF is committed to winning the mass of working people and the oppressed masses to the task of System Change in the direction of the socialist reconstruction of Nigeria."

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