Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Africa Workshop: Casualization and conflict in the Niger Delta – Nigerian oil workers opportunities and agency

Event Details

Africa Workshop: Casualization and conflict in the Niger Delta – Nigerian oil workers opportunities and agency
with Camilla Houeland, PhD Fellow in the Department of Ecology International and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Date: 
February 25, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
208 Knox Hall

Though millions of Nigerians were in the streets protesting the subsidy removal January 2012, it was only when the oil workers’ threatened to strike that the government called for negotiations. However, oil production was never shut down, and the oil unions were criticised for “empty threats” - abandoning their historical democratic role. To deepen our understanding of the opportunity and constraints of the Nigerian oil workers, this study explores their positionality in the political economy of oil and in particular relation to oil companies and communities in the Niger Delta. Despite their structural economic power, casualization has dramatically reduced the unions’ associational powers and the Niger Delta conflict has further challenged their opportunity to expand this power through cooperation with communities.