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By Collins Olayinka, Abuja 
07 September 2021   |   2:55 am
Collaborative efforts between management and trade unions will boost industrial harmony and bolster national development, the Director-General of National Productivity Centre

Collaborative efforts between management and trade unions will boost industrial harmony and bolster national development, the Director-General of National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr. Kashim Akor has said. 

Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU)

Speaking at the NPC branch of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) congress, Dr. Akor said unions had a critical role to play inefficient running of organisations and institutions. 
“No management that knows what it is doing will think it can do it alone. Smart management recognises the need to carry in-house labour unions in all they do. The way to is to enthrone transparency. Management must as much as possible ensure that the principles of transparency and accountability are upheld at all times. Unions must know what management is doing, know the challenges confronting management.

Above all, when challenges arise, unions must be invited for discussion. They are stakeholders in the organisation. They are as important as the management in every organisation. No member of staff will want the organisation where he or she collects salary to feed his or her family to collapse. So, as stakeholders in such organisations, the unions have a stake in the well-being of organisations. The best thing to do by organisations is to involve unions in the running of organisations.” 
He revealed that in NPC, the management and the in-house union collaboratively design policies and execution of programmes, which had minimised industrial frictions in the organisation. 

“These are what we try to do in the National Productivity Centre (NPC). At the beginning of every year, both the management and in-house union sit down together to brainstorm on our programmes and policies. The management articulates the views of the union into our programmes. In the programme formulation, the management carries the union along. During the implementation stage, the union is also there. So, when issues and challenges come, the union knows from the beginning. In adopting this type of style, there can never be frictions between management and the union,” he stated.
Akor highlighted that management must never think it can have a win-win situation all the time, adding, “It must put itself in a position where it can concede to the union when and where necessary.”
He lauded the branch for prioritising the welfare of its members. 

He said: “This is a union that believes in the welfare of its member and not leaving that task to the management alone. Ordinarily, the union members would want to go to conferences, seminars across the country to even go abroad and blow up the check-off dues they have collected.”
On her part, the Chairperson, NASU, NPC branch, Florence Musa, lauded the management for improving the check-off dues of the union, which boosts the financial status of the branch. 
She said; “This branch came into existence in 2004 and have had an asset to call our own, though the check-off dues were very meagre. 

“Now, the management gives us 30 per cent of the check-off dues of what is given to the national body. Before now, it was 25 per cent. The union has to do all within its power to ensure members feel impacts of improved resources we now have.”
She also hinted that the Centre recently sent some officials of the union to the Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies, Ilorin to acquire knowledge on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). 
The pioneer Chairperson of the branch, Lekan Omole, described the cordiality between the branch and the management, saying: “The purpose of unionism is to fight for the emancipation of the working class. We struggle to let the management know that we were not established to fight the management but to ensure the survival of our members. It was a struggle we embarked upon to show the management that we are partners in progress and not enemies. Today, what we preached has come to manifest. Managements must know that unions are not established to compete with them, but to complement their efforts in ensuring the well-being of organisations.”