By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
While preparing its members ahead of advantaged position in negotiating with their employers, the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), has submitted that the issues leading to the prolonged eight-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), is far from being resolved.
NASU Kaduna State Chairman, Comrade Friday Sani, expressed this, in a welcome address presented at the workshop organized for state executives council members of the union, held at the Kaduna State University (KASU) on Thursday December 8, 2022.
“A handy example is the ASUU strike that lasted for 8 months this year alone. To be sure, though the strike has been suspended, the issues are still unresolved.
“So equipping ourselves with mechanisms for collective bargaining in our various workplaces will be a good step forward for us and our employers,” he said .
According to him, there are many other issues involving their union in some of their institutions.
“So, this workshop should assist participants so that when we go back to our stations, we can be better prepared for meaningful engagements with our various Chief Executives.
“We need to put in place mechanism to prevent or resolve occasions of prolonged faceoffs and antagonism between institutions and our union. We need more friendly working relationship in our institutions, without compromising our objectives, for the benefit of our institutions,” he declared.
According to him, “We are all aware that at the heart of our programme this time is the workshop which is titled, “Mechanisms for Collective Bargaining in workplaces”. There is no doubt that many of our members are facing challenges in the workplace which often linger for too long, affecting productivity.”
He therefore, charged participants to take seriously, the opportunity of the workshop to equip ourselves with the nitty gritty of collective bargaining so that, as branch EXCOs, when they go back to their institutions, they may be better prepared to handle challenges that require these skills for amicable resolution.
Comrade Friday Sani used the opportunity to welcome all to the special and maiden conference/workshop programme, while thanking the management of KASU, under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Prof A. I. Musa for granting them a conducive place to hold the programme.
“This is not the first time the University has shown us such kind gesture. In fact we hold most of our state executives council meetings here at no cost to us. We deeply appreciate, Sir,” he said.
He also thanked the National President of NASU, Comr. Dr. Hassan Makolo Esq. and the General Secretary, Comr. Prince Peters A. Adeyemi, for providing commendable leadership to NASU, and for always being there to give them all support for the growth and transformation of Kaduna State Council.
“As members of NASU Kaduna State Council, we will continue to pledge and maintain our Loyalty to the national Secretariat of our union under your leadership come rain come sun,” he assured.