10 June 2014

Tanzania: Report Employers Breaking Labour Laws, Workers Urged

Dodoma — EMPLOYEES have been urged to break silence about employers who violate workers' rights for the government to take legal measures.

Deputy Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Makongoro Mahanga, told the National Assembly that the government was failing to intervene due to the fact that employees were silent, allowing employers to continue breaching the labour law.

"If an employer does not issue contracts to employees and no one is bitter about it, we cannot know and thus we may not be able to intervene," he said.

Dr Mahanga was responding to a supplementary question by Thuwayba Idris Muhammed (Special Seats - CUF), who wanted to hear about the government stand on employees working without legal contracts.

She also wanted to know what the government would do to owners of factories which did not provide protective gadgets to their employees.

In her basic question, Ms Muhammed wanted to know what the government would do to ensure that workers especially those who get injured in the work place are compensated accordingly especially when the employer does not provide them with health insurance.

Dr Mahanga noted that the law requires that the Worker's Compensation Act, wants employers to have insurance for compensation of employees who get injured in working place and inform labour officer in the area where the accident occurs.

"The law also requires that the employer take care of treatment of an employee who got ill or injury in the work place for 96 months and if will not recover then other procedures will follow," he said.

Dr Mahanga noted that compensation is the responsibility of employer for employee who fall sick or injured in the working place. "If the accident causes death, then the employer will be responsible to compensate the employee's dependants after verification to dependants is conducted," he said.

He noted that the ministry would continue with inspections in a bid to ensure that labour laws are adhered to.

In another development, Dr Mahanga noted that the ministry will in the 2014/15 fiscal year establish compensation fund as per the requirement of the Worker's Compensation Act No. 20 of 2008.

He noted that through the fund compensations to workers will be improved. The fund will be funded by the government in collaboration with employers.

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