Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol 16, No 3 (2020)

Trade Union Organising and Socio-Economic Contributions of Domestic Workers in Nigeria

Justice Chidi Ngwama, Francis C. Anyim, Raymond C. Nnamdi


Maximising the social and economic contributions of the domestic workers through trade union organising has been a challenge in Nigeria. This study examines the impact of trade union organising on the domestic workers and their socio-economic contributions to the national economy.  This study adopted a survey method using structured questionnaire. One hundred and eighty nine (189) respondents were selected from seven urban cities/clusters through a multi-stage sampling procedure in Lagos State, Nigeria. Only one hypothesis was formulated for the study. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to describe and analyse the data collected. The descriptive inquiry on the socio-economic contributions of domestic workers through organising shows that 52.7% of the respondents agreed that organising domestic workers will create more jobs, 60.8% agreed that it increases government income through taxes, 78.3% agreed that it reduces social crimes and 60% agreed that it provides welfare services for the sickly and aged people in the society. Regression analysis was also used to test the hypothesis.The result shows that trade union organising has a significant effect on domestic workers’ socio-economic contributions to the economy, (F=8,008, p<0.05). The study concludes that organising domestic workers would enhance the potentials of domestic workers to contribute socially and economically to the Nigerian economy. The study recommends an imperative national legislative framework to facilitate trade union efforts towards organising of domestic workers in Nigeria.


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