Minister Mhagama says workers payment improved with WCF establishment

01Dec 2021
The Guardian Reporter
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Minister Mhagama says workers payment improved with WCF establishment

ESTABLISHMENT of Workers Compensation Fund has improved payment given to members who get injured while undertaking their duties thanks to amendment of laws and regulations.

Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability), Jenista Mhagama (2nd-R) presenting one of the 10 desktop computer sets to director general of Commission for Mediation and Arbitration, Shanes Ningu as deputy permanent secretary at PMO’s Kaspar Muya (L) and Workers Compensation Fund director general, Dr John Mduma look on during a handing over ceremony held in Mbeya city on Monday. Photo: Guardian Correspondent.

Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office responsible for employment, youth and the disabled, Jenista Mhagama said yesterday in Mbeya after handing over 10 computer sets donated by WCF to Commission for Mediation and Arbitration that prior to the reforms, the maximum that members got was only 108,000/-. Mhagama said in 2008 the compensation law was reviewed which led to the formation of WCF in 2015 which also came along with new compensation rates but also more categories of payments.

“The WCF has continued to do better by paying those who get injured while on duty of dependants of those who die on time and handsomely,” Mhagama said while also commending the WCF for supporting the CMA with the equipment.

She pointed out that as public institutions, the fund and commission need to work together in serving interests of the public and especially workers. “I thank Workers Compensation Fund for this donation to the Commission for Mediation and Arbitration which will greatly assist in its performance,” she noted.

Mhagama also paid tribute to WCF’s Director General, Dr John Mduma and CMA’s Director General, Shanes Nungu for their collaboration that will translate into better performance for their institutions as per the government’s plans.

“It is very important that you continue to work together as institutions under the same umbrella ministry,” she added while stressing that public institutions need to work in tandem in serving the public.

Briefing the minister on the donation, Dr Mduma said decision to support CMA was made following Mhagama’s advice that public institutions work together to address challenges facing each other. “By working together as institutions under your ministry, we easily attain set targets, we can’t succeed by going alone,” he said.

In a vote of thanks, Nungu paid tribute to Minister Mhagama and his WCF peer, Dr Mduma for providing better leadership and support to his commission which has an uphill task to solve challenges facing workers in the country.

“These computers will help us speed up delivery of judgements for workers complaints which currently face delays due to lack of equipment,” he said while commending WCF for regularly supporting his commission.

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