Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Kabaka Acts Tough On Employers

THE Minister for Labour and Employment has directed all private employers to submit a detailed record of their employees showing gender, citizenship and remunerations for monthly assessment.

Addressing the 53rd Annual General Meeting of the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), in Dar es Salaam, the Minister, Ms Gaudensia Kabaka, said the government needs to be updated on the employment status and work environment prevailing in the labour market.

She told the meeting that there had been a public outcry on favours given to foreigners working for private companies and organizations, saying some of them were employed illegally, thus denying an opportunity to skilled locals. "This order has nothing to do with tax collection.

A team of inspectors will be deployed to follow up on the directive," the minister said and cautioned that the directive had nothing to do with tax collection. According to the minister, labour experts have established that employers assess acquired skills, (20 per cent) and individual's attitude (80 per cent) during the interview, saying however, that employment was not about paper qualification alone.

She proposed for a sustainable system of tracking down various reasons behind the negative attitude among young employees. "People have this strange belief that locals cannot be honest employees. But how can they justify it? Labour laws must be respected," Ms Kabaka explained.

She warned that corruption and embezzlement of public funds would be dealt with accordingly and no excuses would be entertained, adding that a successful economy must forge a strong cooperation between public and private sectors.

Dr Fred Mwita, Chief Officer, Human Resources from Vodacom, advised parents to behave well and impart the right attitude to their children. "Charity begins at home. It is possible to help children build integrity," he said.

Contributing to the meeting, Mr Kabeho Solo who is Managing Director, Crystal Human Capital warned that the customary trend of hiring workers on the basis of 'know who' should be avoided and employees should be treated with respect.

"Check-reference system must be adhered to such that individual records from the previous employer are sought for before hiring a person," Kabeho warned. Ms Victoria Chale said currently, there was no integrity and honesty for the young generation to learn from experienced employees and employers.

The International Labour Organisation Executive Directo, Dr Alexio Musindo, who is representing four countries in East Africa attended the meeting. The theme of the conference which brought together 100 stakeholders was 'Work Attitude Towards Business Development in Tanzania; What needs to be done to Build the Right Attitude'.

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