The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has disclosed plans to end incessant conflict between Labour Union’s and Management of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the country.
The board’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure disclosed this at the opening of a three-day workshop on Labour and Management Relations in Polytechnics, Monotechnics and similar institutions in Kaduna on Tuesday.
He said the measure was to ensure harmonious work place that guarantees satisfaction of workers and employers aspirations, crucial for enhanced productivity.
He explained that the workshop was organised by the boars in collaboration with Projektlink Konsult Ltd. with the theme, “Enhancing Best Practices in Management-Labour Unions Relations in TVET Sector”.
Kazaure, who was represented by the board’s Director of Human Resource, Malam Ja’afaru Abubakar, said the main objective was to maintain better management-union relationship in TVET institutions in the country.
According to him, the workshop will among other things, examine the provision of extant laws and rules relating to industrial harmony in Nigeria to help participants imbibe soft skills for better interpersonal relationship at work.
“As you are aware, labour-management conflict has become a feature of Nigerian institutions in recent past.
“There have been incessant conflicts between labour unions and management of respective TVET institutions.
“It is expected that labour and management should work harmoniously together, with a view to achieving common goals of the institutions.
“However, in most cases, labour and management tend to have divergent views.
“This divergence arises from the different expectations of the two parties and when the interest of either or both parties involved is uncertified, industrial crises become imminent.
“Remember, when institutions suffer protracted industrial crises, students are the major victims.”
Managing Consultant, Projektlink Konsult Ltd., Mr. Adwtunji Adepeju said the measure would address the protracted conflict between labour union and management in higher institutions.
Participants at the workshop include Rectors, Registrars and Labour Union leaders of polytechnics, monotechnics and other similar institutions.
Edited by Maryam Ahmadu-Suka (Daily Trust)