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Privatisation, trade union strength and bargaining power in Nigeria's finance and petroleum sectors


  • Godwin Erapi completed a PhD degree in Industrial and Business Studies at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, in January 2006. He is Director/Chief Executive Officer of Rose of Sharon Innovations Limited, a consultancy and innovations company based in Manchester.

Godwin Erapi, 334 Claremont Road, Manchester M14 7WJ, UK; email:


This article compares the consequences of privatisation for collective bargaining, trade union membership size and bargaining power within two economic sectors. The results indicate that privatisation has significant impact on industrial relations, and that this impact is mediated by other factors, with variations within and between sectors.