The Trade Union Movement the world over
has recently more than at any other time in its history come under
severe stress and threats as a result of internal and external pressures
that have arisen out of the changing global socio-economic relations
and weakening internal capacities and capabilities to respond adequately
and creatively to the challenges.
Collective bargaining has come under
serious survival tests undermining the capacity of the Unions as
platforms for articulating, negotiating and projecting the interests and
expectations of workers the world over. Terms and Conditions of
employment have all worsened with dire consequences for Industrial
Relations and the Socio-economic framework.
The implications of this are increasingly
lowering of labor standards the world over especially in under developed
economies like ours. The abuse and violation of workplace and workers\'
rights and privileges are becoming increasingly commonplace.
Intimidations, harassment, breaching of the Rule of Law, impunity and
flagrant resort to unconventional means to resolve employee relations
issues have all taken center stage.
It is therefore imperative to state that
new challenges have emerged and employers of labor both in the Public
and Private sectors have adopted new strategies and tactics in
conducting Human Resource management and overall Industrial Relations
practice. These new practices and challenges are mostly skewed against
the working people and in the long run the continued survival of
The aims of this workshop shall amongst others be;
To equip Trade Union leadership at all levels with new leadership strategies
To build increasing working-class consciousness in the leadership
To inculcate in the leadership at all levels new tools and skills for engaging the social partners
To expose the leadership of the union to some of the emerging challenges to trade unions globally and in Nigeria.
To build in trade union leaders especially the new comers the principles of Union rights and limitations
To ensure that the Union is capable of providing benefits to its membership in the future
To keep the Unions strategically evolving and relevant to the Management and the workplace.
Finally, to equip the leadership with
necessary skills to ensure the continuous survival of the union in a
constantly changing world.
The History and Principles of trade unionism
Negotiation techniques in a changing society
Workers\' Rights and Employers\' prerogatives in the workplace
Democratic Dissent and trade Union Activism
Rights abuses and violations in the workplace: Role of Union activists
Leadership issues and challenges within the trade unions in Nigeria
Tripartism in the context of global pressures and internal vicissitudes
Survival/relevance of trade unions in Nigeria – tools for engagement
Creating a symbiosis between Management objectives and Trade Union Objectives
Obstacles to effective organizing in trade unions
Workplace harmony and responsive trade union actions
Management – Trade union partnership for organizational survival: Issues and challenges
Industrial Harmony: issues and challenges
The structure, Functions and Objectives of Trade Unions
Chairman, Chief Executives and Directors
Trade Union Officials
Industrial Relations Managers/Officers
HR Managers / Personnel Officers
Legal Advisers/ Officers
Senior Staff of National Industrial Court (NIC) and
Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP)
All union and management representatives of all
labor-management consultation committees should
participate in joint learning on labor management consultation
The program will be delivered using the
following methodologies: Lectures, discussions, syndicate work, Videos,
case studies and exercises
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