TUC Thumbs up Exam Ethics over ‘Project Harmony’

By Augustine Osayande in Abuja

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has thrown its weight
behind the Harmony Project designed  to promote early and harmonious

resolution of conflicts in season of resource scarcity and new regulations.

The Project, being facilitated by Ethics Resource Centre and National
Commission for Colleges of Education with the support of critical
stakeholders, has three components. The first component is the research
and development of new leadership, management, negotiation,
arbitration, bargaining, and mediation blueprints for addressing
emerging conflict situations occasioned by current realities of socioeconomic

changes, resource scarcity and new regulations.

The second component is the organization of a National Consultative
Conference of stakeholders scheduled to hold from 22nd to 24th March,

2016 at the NCCE auditorium, Abuja to brainstorm on the new blueprint.

The third component is the inauguration of Harmony Action Committees
in Institutions and Workplaces. The Committee, made up of
representatives of cross sections of critical stakeholders, is charged with
responsibility of early intervention in conflict situations with a view to
preventing escalation of small conflicts into major industrial crises.
Participants to the consultative conference will from inaugural members

of Harmony Committees in their workplaces and institutions.

Project harmony will help employers and employees to understand the
nature of contemporary political and socio-economic changes, resource
scarcity and attendant tendencies for conflict escalation; as well as
understand how to apply new blueprints for prevention and early
resolution of conflicts.

The Project will prevent disruptive industrial actions at a time when
collaboration of all stakeholders is needed to wade through difficult
economic times. More importantly, the project will prevent disruption of

academic calendars usually due to strike actions in educational institutions.

The TUC in its endorsement letter of November 26, 2016 re-affirmed “the full
support and endorsement of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria for Project
Harmony designed to promote sustained industrial peace through
harmonious resolution of conflicts”. The TUC also confirmed that officers of
the Congress will continue to participate in the implementation of Harmony
Project and that the President of the Congress, Comrade Bobboi Bala
Kaigama, will deliver the Keynote address at the National Consultative

Conference that starts on 22 march.
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