Employers ordered to comply with labour laws

27Feb 2016
Grace Kambaulaya
The Guardian
Employers ordered to comply with labour laws

The Government has issued directives to the leadership of two factories to solve with immediate effect challenges facing their employees and remit pension contributions lest the administration faces disciplinary measures.

Minister's Office Policy, , Jenista Mhagama

The factories on the firing line include Population Service Tanzania (IPS) with more than 150 workers but hardly 123 of them have unclear contact and therefore given five days to settle the dispute.

Another factory in question is Tech Pack dealing with the manufacturing more than 15 brands of cement bags like Twiga Cement, Dangote Cement among others. A seven-day ultimatum was issued to the factory leadership to iron out the differences including preparation of permanent contracts for the workers.

Speaking in front of the workers, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office
Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenista Mhagama said the factories had violated the country's labour laws.

“It is inconceivable to have employees working for two years paid Sh100,000 without proper employment or contract. All employers have the obligation to comply with workers regulations,” she said.

Minister Mhagama was shocked upon learning PSI which could make a significant contribution to the nation in the fight against new Aids infection operated without a proper administration to supervise activities or even the Human Resource unit.

“It is mandatory for the administration to stop indiscriminate dismissal of workers and should make sure that pension contributions for all workers are remitted to the relevant authorities accordingly. This order becomes effective today,” Mhagama ordered.

She said five days given for the factory to resolve the impasse are good enough for worker’s complaints to be addressed adequately.

In another development, the Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labor, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Anthony Mavunde said the management should make a serious salary review within seven days.

“All contracts should clarify on job description to avoid unnecessary confusion or conflicts as currently experienced,” Mavunde explained.

Speaking on behalf of the workers, Hamisi Ally complained to the minister about discriminatory sentiments as some of their leaders insulted them as monkeys and worked for 12 hours with a peanut payment.

The stern measures by the ministers came hardly a day after the Prime Minister Majaliwa had his escort stopped along the way by PSI workers requesting him to listen to their grudges.

Another employee Amini told the prime minister that the meager payment of SH29,000 for a week was not enough to sustain their families.

After listening to their complaints, Majaliwa urged them to be on duty the following day and promised immediate redress of the situation by the responsible ministers who paid a work visit to the factories and issued directives.