International Labour Organisation
The government has been advised to speak with workers and negotiate their demands as it has agreed in various labour agreements of the United Nations, to avoid unnecessary strikes which have been affecting the country’s development.
The advice was given due to weaknesses in labour policies and in the Employment and Labour Relations Act of 2004.
The call was made yesterday by International Labour Organisation (ILO) Coordinator for Employment Laws, Mikidadi Fanuel when speaking to journalists following the training on the importance of the government and workers’ union to sit together and seek for solutions to challenges.
He said most disputes between employers and workers which normally result to demonstrations are caused by the government’s negligence to address workers’ problems.
Fanuel said the training aimed to enlighten both sides to look for ways of resolving their disputes.
“The aim of meeting with them here was also to see if the government follows the system according to ILO and labor regulations because we believe it will remind employers to sit with workers and find permanent solutions to their problems,” he said
For his part, Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (Tucta) Secretary General Nicholas Mgaya said there are several weaknesses in laws especially in supervision and implementation of workers’ rights at workplaces.
Tucta believes that collaboration between government, workers and unions it will help in find solution and ensure security at workplace and reduce in big percent crisis.
“The government is the top supervisor and implementer of laws but still there are weaknesses, however, through this training we believe at the end of the day the law of Employment and Labour Relations Act of 2004 will be implemented,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director for Policy and Advocacy from the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), Justina Lyela said Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004 has explained clear in review the salary scale, she further insisted that it is time for everyone to fulfill its responsibility.