BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
Non-academicC Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, has raised alarm over a looming industrial unrest in both West African Examinations Council, WAEC and the National Examination Council, NECO, over perceived anti-union policies.
NASU, in a resolution by its WAEC/Libraries and other trade group council at its 2nd regular meeting in Umuahia, Abia State, lamented that while the cordial industrial relationship existing between the union and WAEC was being threatened by anti-labour practices and nonchalant attitude of WAEC management to union matters, it condemned the slow pace of the NECO management in facilitating the reconciliation process with the union despite the ruling of the National Industrial Court, NIC.
In the resolution by Comrade Michael Adegoke, Chairman/Deputy President, WAEC/Libraries trade group and Prince Damola Adelekun, Secretary, WAEC/Libraries trade group, said; “the council observed that the cordial industrial relationship that has been in existence between the union and WAEC is being threatened by anti-labour practices and nonchalant attitude of WAEC management to union matters.”
It therefore urged WAEC management to as a matter of urgency schedule a meeting with the union in continuation of the meeting held on 18th October, 2013 over demands of its members as forwarded to WAEC Nigeria National office in the Resolutions adopted at Makurdi NASU- WAEC Congress.
On NECO it said; “The council-in-session condemns the slow pace of the NECO management in facilitating the reconciliation process with the union despite the ruling of the NIC.
It urges the NECO management to as a matter of urgency reverse its negative and antagonistic disposition to union matters and work harmoniously with the union leaders at the branch to avoid contempt of court
In the same vein, NASU deliberated on the unresolved issues in the agreement signed with the management of National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, and resolved that NABTEB management erred in not fully implementing the agreement reached with the union
According to NSAU: “The Council-in-Session however, commended the NABTEB management for resolution of some of the issues agreed upon and for the cordial relationship existing between the management and the union.”
It urged the NABTEB management to as a matter of urgency expedite action in resolving all the outstanding issues, payment of transfer allowance to members hurriedly transferred in January, ‘2013, tour allowances of members involved in Nov/Dec, 2012 and abrogation of the obnoxious tax policy, in order to foster and strengthen industrial peace and harmony in the Board.”