HISTORY OF ASURI

Labour unions can be described as workers in the same field of study (professionals) or workers in an organization (employee) who come together to form a body with the aim of fighting for and protecting their right.

In Nigeria, we have millions of workers who have unified themselves to form a strong force to demand their right from the government. All the unions are grouped together at the apex by three main bodies namely Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and United Labour Congress (ULC)

The labour unions in Nigeria are so organised to the extent that there is likely nobody working as an employee that is not protected. There are some bodies that have also made themselves relevant due to how essential they are. For example: the medical doctors, Academic staff of university union (ASUU) and a crop of others.

The union employ different approaches to press through their demand from federal government or companies starting with negotiation, strike warning, and finally indefinite strike. Each of the union has a constitution guiding their conducts and they make use of conditions of service, international labour laws and host of other related laws of the land to claim their rights.

The origin of labour union is as far back as early century. The most common related one is when those in the middle class in Britain could not meet up with the rich class, they decided to come together to contribute money so that they can buy those luxuries needed in turns. To achieve an aim, it need some sacrifice and commitment. To get the government to dance to your tune needs some administrative procedure which requires financial support. Academic Staff Union of Research Institute (ASURI) steams out of a concern for researchers in Nigeria by its visionary Dr. TCN Ndubuaku.

Before now, the researchers were part of ASUU. (Academic Staff Union of University) they were called (ASUU-RI) they were subjected to the lowest ebb of actualising the essence of63 their creation by the federal government. This is because they were created with a mandate unlike in the university where you can decide to carry out research on any area of interest. A researcher in a research institute or affiliated colleges with a mandate carries out research based on the mandate that establishes its creation. All thanks be to God who stir up the drive in the visionary who navigated every constituted authority to salvage all the researchers from the menace of ASUU to what it is now known today as ASURI.

It comprises of all the researchers in Nigeria and it cut across twelve ministries. Some are into crop research like CRIN, some are into engineering like NASENI, some are into forest research like FRIN, some are into fresh water research like NIFFRI, some are into wild life research like FCWN some are even into social research like NISER, and so many others.

It was registered under Trade Union Act Cap 437 Of 1990 with its registered office at O/C Cocoa Research Institute Of Nigeria, Idi Ayunre Ibadan Nigeria

The union on the bid to achieve its aim raise finance by tasking themselves. Some levy themselves so that they can have a strong treasury to fund all what they desire. Some contribute a percentage of their monthly income. In ASURI, every researcher is expected to contribute N1000 or 2% of its monthly income whichever is greater.

  1. to encourage the positive contributions which the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions can make to the economic and social progress of Nigeria, her associates, and interests and to minimize and resolve the difficulties to which its various operations may give rise, having regard to the laws, regulations, public politics and practices in force in the country;
  2. to ensure and encourage at all levels the conduct of industrial relations by means of collective bargaining, consultations and effective communication between employers and their organization and a strong representative Union within a voluntary and legal machinery designed for the settlement of disputes;
  3. to develop a vigilant, informed and active membership, conscious of its rights and interests and alive to its responsibilities in the operation of any trade union programme as an effective safeguard against abuses
The principal objectives of the Union shall be as follows.
  1. Organization of Officers/Fellows or Teachers/ Lecturers who are the Academic Staff in Research and Development Institutions, their Colleges, Inter-University Centres and Associated Institutions of Higher Learning who have freely elected to be members.
  2. Regulations of relations between its members and employers and between members.
  3. Establishment and maintenance of high standard of academic performance and professional practice
  4. Establishment and maintenance of just and proper conditions of service for its members
  5. Advancement of the education and training of its members.
  6. Provision of benefits and other assistance to the members as provided in the affairs of the Research and Development Institutions.
  7. Encouragement of the participation of its members in the affairs of the Research and Development Institutions, their Colleges Inter-University Centres, Associated Institutions of Higher Learning and of the nation.
  8. Protection and advancement of the socio┬Čeconomic and cultural interest of the nation, and
  9. Such other objects as are lawful and are not inconsistent with the spirit and practice of trade unionism
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HOW WE WORK

The Government of the union shall be vested in the following:

  1. National Delegates Conference
  2. National Executive Council
  3. Central Working Committee
  4. Local Branch/Chapter.
NATIONAL DELEGATES' CONFERENCE
  1. The supreme authority of the Union shall be vested in the National Delegates' Conference.
  2. The National Delegates Conference shall be composed of:
    1. National Executive Council
    2. The number of delegates from each branch to be determined by the National Executive Council based on the level of the nominal roll from branches.
  3. The National Delegates' Conference shall be held every 3 (three) years in the month of November or thereabouts and at a venue to be decided by the previous National Delegates' Conference or by the National Executive Council (provided that the holding of the Conference in any other month shall not invalidate its proceedings).
  4. An interval of two weeks before the end of October or thereabouts shall be used to audit accounts (where they have not been audited before the NDC) and for handing over formally to the incoming executives.
  5. The handing over notes should indicate what accounts of the Union at the time of the handing over. In. addition, all files, documents, cheque books and other such properties shall be transferred to the new executives within the two weeks of election.
  6. A Special Delegates' Conference may be held at such a time and place as the National Executive Council may decide or by a resolution approved by two thirds majority of the local Branches/ Chapters forwarded to the President through the Secretary-General of the Union.
  7. The Secretary-General on the directive of the President shall also have the power to summon an emergency or Special Delegates' Conference.
  8. (h) To be eligible for nomination and election as a delegate, a candidate must be a member in good financial standing in the Union and must have been actively involved in the affairs of the Union at the Branch/Chapter level for at least six months' preceding the said nomination and election.
  9. Each Branch/Chapter of the Union shall constitute :one constituency for the purpose of electing delegates to the NDC of the Union.
  10. Voting in the election of delegates shall be by secret ballot.
  11. To be elected, a candidate must obtain a majority vote cast by members present at the meeting of the Branch called for that purpose. Only members in good financial standing in the Union shall have the right to nominate candidates for election as delegates and vote at the election of delegates.
  12. The names of elected delegates shall be forwarded to the Secretary-General of the Union . to reach him not later than a month before the Conference.
  13. The Branch/Chapter may invite observers from the National Executive Council to attend the meeting at which delegates would be elected
  14. The National Executive Council shall have power to deal summarily with any complaints arising from the election of Branch delegates.