By Miriam Humbe
The National Executive of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Theatre and Recreational Employees (AUPCTRE) and the Management of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have resolved to work together in harmony for the accelerated growth of the Organisation and improved welfare and career progression of the staff.
Rising from an interactive meeting held at the SON Corporate headquarters in Abuja yesterday, the Management and Union resolved as follows;
–That the Management has approved a 100% upward review of allowances for weddings and bereavements.
–That the Union should submit names of its Elected Officers transferred outside the Headquarters for Management consideration in line with their professional relevance and career advancement.
–That SON will arrange for the training and re-training of all Union Executives and members of the Management to enhance greater understanding in industrial relations.
–On jurisdictional scope, it was agreed that staff should belong to the two Unions in line with the directive from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment until the determination of the AUPCTRE appeal in court on the matter
–That henceforth, no member of Management nor SON AUPCTRE Executives should coerce anyone into membership of either of the two existing Unions.
–That the SSASSGCOC and AUPCTRE are to nominate two members each to join the Conditions of Service Committee.
– That all staff in SON, including the two recognised Unions and their officials must henceforth comply with the Communication protocol of the Organisation in disseminating information to their members.
–That the payment of the existing CoS allowances would henceforth be made to coincide with school resumptions to assist staff discharge their responsibilities.
–That the Management and National Executives of the Union only, would keep in constant communication until the meeting reconvenes in 3months time when hopefully, the court case would have been dispensed with.
The Director General, Osita Aboloma Esq. then presented a SON plaque to the AUPCTRE National President, Comrade Benjamin Anthony appointing him and by extension, members of his executives, as ambassadors of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.
Welcoming the Union Executives earlier, the SON DG reiterated his promise on assumption of duty that staff welfare and career advancement would continue to be his priority.
He acknowledged the need for robust union activities in the organisation and called for constructive engagement and mutual respect between Management and the leadership of the Unions.
He advised the Union leadership to focus on issues of staff welfare and advancement in its activities, stressing that constant communication is the tonic to an enhanced and mutually beneficial relationship.
Aboloma also acknowledged the AUPCTRE National President’s intervention in arresting the conflict in SON and thanked him for his matured leadership.
Director, Human Resources Management, Abdulkadir Usman stated that the Management is proud of its achievements in the area of staff welfare in the last two years.
He enumerated regular and yearly promotion exercise, payment of backlog of staff salary arrears, active life insurance policy and prompt payment of claims to deceased relatives and democratization of staff training as some of the achievements.
Others according to him include, the dynamization of the organogram at directorate and other levels to create greater opportunity for staff advancement, provision of working tools like computers, furniture and unprecedented infrastructural development across state offices, the Corporate and Operational Headquarters as things of pride that the management should be commended for.
On secondment of staff, Mr. Usman referred the Union to the Public Service Rules, stressing that the organisation is within extant provisions.
National President, AUPCTRE, Comrade Benjamin Anthony thanked the SON DG for his peaceful approach. He noted regrettably, that the events of the previous week were avoidable.
He stated the Union’s concern for the continued growth of SON to guarantee the welfare and career advancement of its workers.
Comrade Anthony thanked the DG and management for accommodating the Union members as their children and promised to ensure an atmosphere of industrial peace and obedience to lawful authority.
He accepted the conferment of the SON ambassadorial position on him and promised to help propagate the ideals of the organisation.
A 4-man Committee was then constituted to draft the resolutions of the meeting to be jointly endorsed for submission to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.