Unions begin negotiations with FIIRO

Union leaders at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), who had earlier blocked federal government officials from entering the agency’s premises in Lagos, following ongoing industrial action , have adopted the program presented by the new director general of the institute .

President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed Adamu Tutuwa as Director General and Managing Director of the institute following a nationwide strike by research institutes across the country.

In accordance with the directive of the supreme body of the Joint Trade Unions of Research Sector and Allied Institutions (JORAISU), including the Union of Non-Academic Staff of Educational Institutions and Associates (NASU), the Association of Senior of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) and the Union of Academic Staff of Research Institutes (ASURI), union officials had erected a barricade at the gates of FIIRO preventing workers and staff from federal government negotiation to gain access to the complex.

Citing the federal government’s alleged failure to implement the 10-year agreement reached with the affected unions since 2010, research institutes across the federation have gone on an indefinite strike.

They said the 30-day ultimatum was rejected by the government, which sparked the industrial action.

Job demands include; payment of Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions (CONRAISS) salary structure 12-month arrears of a 53.37% increase, removal of Level 10 salary no-jump circular (NICN ruling in favor of unions and others), retirement age at 65 years for non-research personnel obtainable in universities and others, as well as special and vested allowances, adequate funding of research institutes and release from the scheme / terms of service, among others.

In his address, NASU Lagos State Council Chairman Oladejo Olawole said the strike was long overdue.
He urged the government to take the research seriously because of its importance to the economy.
But in a rare show of solidarity, the unions embraced Jummai Adamu Tutuwa, who was at the compound for a second phase stakeholder meeting in Lagos during which she vowed to leave no stone unturned to ensure the positive impact of the FIIRO is more felt by Nigerians. in their daily socio-economic life.
Our correspondent who visited the complex observed a mutual interface between the DG and the management of the institute as well as the representatives of the trade unions.
While inspecting the institute’s ground facilities, Tutuwa emphasized the need for everyone to be on deck to ensure maximum return from the expertise and technical know-how of FIIRO staff members. .
She stressed the need for everyone to embrace a cordial relationship in the office, promising that all gray areas will be addressed and that she will adequately motivate and reward hard work and best practices.
She was quick to add that management will not tolerate indolence, tribalism or vices that will not further the corporate goodwill of the institute.
Recall that the Director General met the executives of the three unions of the institute where their reservations and expectations were filed.
In her response, the Director General asked for time to digest the various observations and requests by undertaking to present them, if necessary, to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Durable Solutions.
Tutuwa, Associate Professor of Biochemistry has been appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria for a non-renewable term of five years. Until her appointment, she held the position of director in charge of the National Biotechnology Development Agency.
Speaking to our correspondent on the trade union position, Ms Ogunleye NASU, President of FIIRO, said: “We are confident in the commitment expressed by the Director General. She promised to consider our requests and we believe in her and she seems like a sincere person.
We believe in negotiations and that is why we have lifted the blockade to allow him to negotiate with us.” and we do not want to destroy their future. We want our research to contribute to the industrialization of the country.
LEADERDHIP reports that recently some officials from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Abuja, FIIRO’s parent ministry, who were at FIIRO for a routine internal staff audit were denied access to the premises of the agency by some of the embattled union leaders.
Routine personnel audit involves a physical presentation of all personnel to determine those who are no longer in service due to retirement, dismissal or death and to also determine members staff who upgraded their training to present their credentials for promotion.
requests include; payment of Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions (CONRAISS) salary structure 12-month arrears of a 53.37% increase, removal of Level 10 salary no-jump circular (NICN ruling in favor of unions and others), retirement age at 65 years for non-research personnel obtainable in universities and others, as well as special and vested allowances, adequate funding of research institutes and release from the scheme / terms of service, among others.
In his address, NASU Lagos State Council Chairman Oladejo Olawole said the strike was long overdue.
He urged the government to take the research seriously because of its importance to the economy.
But in a rare show of solidarity, the unions embraced Jummai Adamu Tutuwa, who was at the compound for a second phase stakeholder meeting in Lagos during which she vowed to leave no stone unturned to ensure the positive impact of the FIIRO is more felt by Nigerians. in their daily socio-economic life.
Our correspondent who visited the complex observed a mutual interface between the DG and the management of the institute as well as the representatives of the trade unions.
While inspecting the institute’s ground facilities, Tutuwa emphasized the need for everyone to be on deck to ensure maximum return from the expertise and technical know-how of FIIRO staff members. .
She stressed the need for everyone to embrace a cordial relationship in the office, promising that all gray areas will be addressed and that she will adequately motivate and reward hard work and best practices.
She was quick to add that management will not tolerate indolence, tribalism or vices that will not further the corporate goodwill of the institute.
Recall that the Director General met the executives of the three unions of the institute where their reservations and expectations were filed.
In her response, the Director General asked for time to digest the various observations and requests by undertaking to present them, if necessary, to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Durable Solutions.
Tutuwa, Associate Professor of Biochemistry has been appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria for a non-renewable term of five years. Until her appointment, she held the position of director in charge of the National Biotechnology Development Agency.
Speaking to our correspondent on the trade union position, Ms Ogunleye NASU, President of FIIRO, said: “We are confident in the commitment expressed by the Director General. She promised to consider our requests and we believe in her and she seems like a sincere person.
We believe in negotiations and that is why we have lifted the blockade to allow him to negotiate with us.” and we do not want to destroy their future. We want our research to contribute to the industrialization of the country.
LEADERDHIP reports that recently some officials from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Abuja, FIIRO’s parent ministry, who were at FIIRO for a routine internal staff audit were denied access to the premises of the agency by some of the embattled union leaders.
Routine personnel audit involves a physical presentation of all personnel to determine those who are no longer in service due to retirement, dismissal or death and to also determine members staff who upgraded their training to present their credentials for promotion.
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