23 November 2012

Tanzania: Minister Lobbies for Dialogue in Solving Conflicts

THE Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service Management), Ms Celina Kombani, has directed workers' councils to go for dialogue in solving workers issues to help the governments' efforts in improving services to the public and eradicating poverty.

Ms Kombani who was launching her ministry's workers council yesterday, said she was forced to issue the call following recent disagreements between a group of workers and their employers on different issues touching the workers.

The minister noted that some of the disagreements have ended up with harsh words and strikes that do not follow the laws and regulations of the country.

"Under the laws of discussion/dialogue, steps to follow when solving disagreements between workers and employers have been clearly stated and every group under the law of the public service must be involved," she explained.

She explained that bringing the groups in conflict or disagreement to dialogue about the issues as stipulated by the laws is evidence enough that the government values its public servants. Ms Kombani stressed that the law will help in improving efficiency and will ensure discipline and understanding at the work place between the employees and employer.

"Discipline is a catalyst to harmony and peace at the work place," Ms Kombani noted. She said Public Service efficiency and improvement is largely due to public servants adhering to work ethics and discipline as stipulated in different regulations and directives governing the public service sector.

"I would like to take this opportunity to urge all public servants to take the responsibility of ensuring that ethics and discipline at the work place becomes the catalyst to improving everyday efficiency," she explained.

Ms Kombani acknowledged that conflicts or disagreements at the workplace are a big challenge to the government, adding that the objective is to use workers councils to ensure such disagreements don't rear their ugly heads.

Tanzania Union of Government and Health Employees (TUGHE) Chairman, Mr Ali Kiwenge commended the government for enacting a law that allows for the two parties, employee and employer to discuss and resolve conflicts arising at the workplace. Mr Kiwenge noted that the workers councils are places where workers can table their grievances related to work and employers are only present when dialogue begins.

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