VP directs employers to abide by state labour rights and laws

06Dec 2022
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
VP directs employers to abide by state labour rights and laws

VICE President Dr Phillip Mpango has directed employers in the country to always adhere to the labour rights and laws and stop oppressing workers as the government will not tolerate them.

Dr Mpango made the directive in Dar es Salaam on Friday evening during the ceremony of the Employer of the Year Awards (EYA) 2022, organised by the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE).


In the event, Coca-Cola Company emerged the winner in the Human Resource Management Excellence category.


The VP said that his office has been receiving a number of complaints from employees who in one way or another are suffering after being denied their rights.


“This is shameful, misusing power to oppress others at work place is not acceptable, the oppressive acts    by leaders towards their workers should come to an end as they violate human rights,” he said.


Dr Mpango cited an example of two incidents that came at his office for certain employers and top company leaders   who were allegedly demanding sex corruption.


He said that there are several employers who have been failing to comply with the provisions of the country’s labour laws by mistreating their workers which include denying to pay their required dues.


He also warned some employers who have been hiring foreigners in positions which can be taken by local experts.


He wanted them to stop this immediately and called on the responsible ministry to make a close follow up on the challenge.


“We have a lot of locals who can serve in the posts that are given to foreigners, but employers should ensure that they provide legal contracts to the workers as well as supportive work tools,” he added.


He commended ATE for preparing the awards which stimulate hard work and adherence to laws.


Dr Mpango further said the government will continue investing heavily in strategies to help produce competent graduates to serve in various fields for the country’s development.


ATE’s executive director Suzanne Ndomba said the purpose of the awards is to uplift human capital and human resources to make them play their lead role in business performance.


She said that apart from other initiatives, the association is also implementing a special programme which aims to help enhance the inclusion of women in leadership positions in the corporate world, putting in place a knowledge base for best practices, and how to increase participation in women leadership in Tanzania.


Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability), Prof Joyce Ndalichako said that the new wage order for the private sector will take effect starting January, next year.


“We will continue working closely with ATE so as to ensure that workplaces remain to be safe areas to contribute to the country's development,” she said.


She wanted employers to get prepared to start implementing the new salary scales.


She said that the salary scale has remained stagnant for nine years and that the changes will bring relief to workers in the country.


The Employer of the Year Award (EYA) was initiated and carried out annually by the Association of Tanzania Employers since 2005.


Through this, ATE seeks to promote and sensitise organisations which put people at the core of their businesses and have implemented policies, systems and processes that create and sustain enterprise competitiveness, productivity improvement alongside industrial peace and harmony.



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