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Tanzania: Employers Risk Harsh Punishment Over Non-Registration With WCF

THE government yesterday warned defiant employers who have not registered with the Worker Compensation Fund (WCF), threatening stern legal measures.

Launching the first WCF Stakeholders Meeting here, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Ms Jenista Mhagama said all formal private and public employers have to comply with the law that established the fund.

She said failure to register with the security scheme is a crime, adding that the government will ensure that the law follows its course against non-compliant employers. WCF is a social security scheme established in accordance with Section 5 of the Workers Compensation Act (Cap.263 revised edition of 2015).

The main purpose of the scheme is to provide adequate and equitable compensation to employees who suffer occupational diseases in the course of their employment and in case of death, their dependants receive compensation.

The minister warned that stern legal measures will be taken against all employers failing to fully comply with the law, through contributions to the fund, which became operational in July 2015.

She called on employers to put efforts in preventing occupational related accidents and diseases, saying many workers have been rendered helpless due to the incidents.

Earlier, WCF Director General Masha Mshomba said awareness raising was going on and that employers who had already registered are happy because they concentrate on administration and production issues while employees are sure of getting support in case of accidents.

He said the long-term targets are institutional capacity building at WCF, improve work systems, create conducive working environment and enable medical practitioners to perform their duties well in terms of evaluating diseases and injuries at work and extent of needed compensation.

Mr Mshomba said they aim at averting accidents and diseases at work places and enhance safety of workers. He said quality medical services will be delivered to enable victims to return to work soon after the accidents or diseases.

WCF Board Chairman Emmanuel Humba said the fund is supporting the government’s industrial drive, hinting that in partnership with other investors, WCF is investing in wine production in Dodoma, pharmaceuticals in Simiyu and in Morogoro Canvas Mill.

The scheme envisages opening offices in Arusha, Dodoma, Mbeya and Mwanza after Dar es Salaam the headquarters. The two-day meeting is themed, ‘Compensation Benefits: Employee’s Right and the Need for Promoting Industrial Economy.’ Contribution rates so far are one per cent of employees’ earnings (wage bill) for each employer in private sector and 0.5 per cent in the public sector.

The wage bill includes basic salaries plus all fixed allowances that are regularly paid.

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rezen Nov 30, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Subject: “Tanzania: Employers Risk Harsh Punishment Over Non-Registration With WCF”, By Daily News
Nov 30, 2017

Commentary, 30 Nov 2017
The subject matter is commendable. I was listening to a radio conversation (in a place where I live) on the same subject matter and how business entities discriminate in allocating compensations on the basis of race etc. If the person to be compensated is from the White Race, the compensation given by the business entity is way up on the scale. If the person to be compensated is a migrant and of different colour the compensation is about 10 percent.
The person who, on a private initiative, examined in detail and brought it wide open on the media is a WHITE PERSON!!! Yes, a White Person advocating for the underprivileged immigrants, regardless of their colour or race. It is such an example that gives us hope in Humanity.

Now let us go to our Africa. We see a Department with the longest title for its minister [18 words]>>> “The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled”. One can’t help wondering how the good Minister introduces herself to others!!!

Be that as it may, I cannot help wondering whether the Department or Ministry would ever be efficient and productive to fulfill its theoretical job. I am an African; born and raised in Africa; educated (though mimicking) in Africa; worked in Africa; and wound-up way away outside Africa, for good. I know what it means to “work”in Africa! When I read the title of the Article and a few lines therein, I can’t help SMILING, and shaking my head, remembering so many things while working in our beloved Africa.

Fifty-four years ago, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was established with grandiose words of dream. A few years later the OAU, at an insightful and brainy meeting in Libya, changed the name to African Union (AU) at the instigation of that good old crazy Gaddaffi, who wound up in a ditch under a street begging for Life. The disgusted soldier took away his life with a single bullet. By the way, Gaddaffi wanted to change the name of the OAU to USA – United States of Africa !!!!!!
Back to Africa: What did the AU accomplished for the benefit of the African people in fifty-four years. Let us be honest: NOTHING!!!

In fifty-four years, an estimated 20,000 – 30,000 educated Africans of the highest order of Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph D) have mushroomed from Ivy League Universities around the Western Hemisphere. What did they accomplish for the down trodden African population in every field of endeavour? NOTHING!!!

Let us accept the agonizing TRUTH of our UPBRINGING [in its TOTAL meaning] and try to find A WAY OUT from colonized mentality and indigenous dictatorship. WE must completely revise our EDUCATION system, making ourselves FREE from colonial subjugation of mentality. We must also concentrate on AGRICULTURE and know our Land to nourish our people. We must further concentrate and take advantage of world knowledge to improve the HEALTH system of our people. The three isometric triangle MUST BE Africa’s urgent task of concentration. As long as we continue to refuse to be FREE and INDEPENDENT, Africa will always be the ‘play ground’ of Western and Eastern colonialism in collusion with indigenous Dictators. That would be the ultimate total demise of African Personality as human beings. THE END

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