FG plans mandatory training for labour leaders
Plans are underway by the Federal Government to make training in labour relations compulsory for newly elected organised labour leaders in the country.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment, explained that the move is aimed at curtailing industrial crisis in the country.
The training, which will be anchored by Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Kwara State, is expected to equip labour leaders with the knowledge of Labour Laws, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and guidelines.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, disclosed this at the 2022 budget defence of his Ministry at the House of Representatives.
Ngige also revealed that his Ministry has made provision for the establishment of Rapid Response Labour Desk Offices across the 36 states of the Federation to help tackle industrial crises at an infant stage.
Ngige submitted that labour crises often occur because labour leaders lack a proper understanding of the Labour laws and ILO principles.
He said: “One of the problems is that labour leaders are not in tune with labour laws. They don’t know when they overstep their rights. Some of them don’t even know that before you embark on industrial action, you will give official notice.
Ngige said in the last management meeting of his Ministry, they agreed that before accepting any election result from any of the labour unions, the new labour leaders should go to the NILS in Ilorin for a minimum of two weeks to get some proper induction on labour relations before assuming office.