Labour and Trade Unions Realm


EPU– L 001: Comparative Industrial Relations

Exposes participants to the best practices in Industrial Relations of several countries, especially in West, Eastern and Southern Africa, European Union, Japan, UK and USA. There is a focus on practical issues and problems that confront practitioners, managers, supervisors, trade union officers and bureaucrats and workers at the workplace. Visits to industrial or commercial enterprises, employers’ organizations and trade union organizations are part of the interactive and enriching aspects of this programme.

EPU-L 002: Industrial Relations in Nigeria

Exposure to the essentials of industrial relations in Nigeria: history and development of the system; legal and institutional framework; collective bargaining institutions and processes; disputes and conflict regulation processes and institutions; role of the state; public sector industrial relations; labour relations in unorganised sectors; current challenges in the system.


EPU– L 003: Conflict and Dispute Management

Offers training to union bureaucrats, elected union officials, shop stewards, opinion makers and others saddled with the responsibility of managing discontent and conflict situations in the branch, zonal and national union, including the shop floor or immediate workplace and central labour organisations.

EPU– L 004: Executive Trade Union Leadership Development

Leadership of trades unions at national, zonal and branch levels, including central labour organisations, is constantly changing and the political and economic environment under which a new crop of workers/leaders have grown up is also remarkably different. The importance of leadership orientation can, therefore, hardly be over-emphasized because roles are learned and a well-trained and well- oriented union leadership – conversant with its history and methods, equipped with organisational, administrative and communication skills- is a boon to everybody.


EPU– L 005: Negotiating Skills

No trade union official or bureaucrat was born a negotiator: negotiating skills can be taught and acquired. Designed for people in relevant units and it enables participants acquire a deeper understanding of negotiations (such as preparing for negotiations, power and tactics in negotiations and incentives and organizational realities) and develop their negotiating skills.

EPU– L 006: Collective Bargaining and Trade Unionism

In-depth examination of the concept, theory, institutions and practice of collective bargaining. Remuneration, benefits, collective agreements, procedural, substantive and other employment terms are critically examined to reveal their import. These issues are central to the representational function of trade unions in meeting, protecting and promoting the interests of their members.


EPU– L 007: Computer-based Financial Accounting for Trade Unions

Administration of the Union involves proper management of Union resources by way of optimally harnessing and expanding sources of income; entrenching a culture of financial prudence, budgeting and auditing, and making sound financial policies and decisions with the aid of modern tools and techniques.

EPU– L 008: Executive Retreat

This Retreat offers the opportunity to reflect on developments in the industry, economy and the polity; work out immediate, short-term, medium-term and long-term tactics and strategies to cope with emerging situations and circumstances in both industry and economy; and fashion out ways to make the Unions more proactive and responsive to emerging internal challenges. It is designed for key persons who are responsible for managing the unions – executive committee members at the branch, zonal, and national levels, and central labour organisations. The Retreat may take place locally or abroad, depending on the preference of the client.


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