In order to further solidify the already existing relationship between the government and organised labour unions, the Lagos State government has organised a four-day workshop for union leaders and other stakeholders in the State public service.
Speaking at the workshop with the theme: Trade Unionism, Collective Bargaining and Leadership for Trade Union Leaders held at Golfview Hotel and Suites, Ikeja, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke disclosed that the focus of the programme is to promote the mechanism that sustains an innovative and affectionate labour organisation in the State.
He affirmed that the commitment and dedication of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to promoting professionalism in the public service, stems from the appreciation of the crucial and invaluable role of public servants to the State government, hence his resolve to continue to deliver sterling and unrivalled service to the good people of Lagos State.
The Commissioner observed that the State government and the organised labour unions have always utilised the process of collective bargaining to promote mutual understanding, deepen trust, and concretise a symbiotic relationship among the stakeholders.
According to him, there has been no industrial crisis in the State since the inception of the present administration; this is informed by the attention Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has devoted to its workforce to develop a model of the cognitive and participatory system of governance.
“Specifically, the forum aims to identify approaches and practices around the world which have enabled unions and public-sector employers to engage in negotiations regarding wages and conditions of work”, he added.
He further stated that the training would offer the participants a complication of good practices in dispute prevention and dispute resolution in public services and showcase an array of mechanisms, mostly interconnected, that governments and social partners around the world have developed to minimise and resolve disputes.
“The labour through the training would get more exposure to enhance their creative thinking ability on how modern leadership is approached”, he added.
Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishment and Training, Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde declared that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is always passionate to meet the needs of the people, saying that she foresees a bright future in the State Public Service.
She urged participants to make the best use of information gathered during the training to further the sterling relationship with the government.
On his part, the facilitator of the session, Acting Head Labour Management of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Mr. Ayorinde Ezekiel revealed that the global trend in government is the pursuance of secured partnership with the labour force.
He said Lagos has enjoyed an envious industrial harmony with the present administration being proactive as well as pursuing a sustainable and peaceful workforce to enhance the productivity of the State.