By Azania Post Reporter
THE Tanzanian government has said it is ready to sit down with drivers and conductors of commuter buses in Dar es Salaam and other areas of the country in order to address their challenges.
This was said in a parliament today by the Deputy Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Labour, Youth and Employment, Anthony Mavunde, when answering a supplementary question asked by Temeke legislator Ally Mtolea (CUF).
The MP had wanted to know as to when will the government work on challenges facing drivers and bus conductors particularly in Temeke municipality. More than half of Dar es Salaam residents depend mostly on commuter transport for their daily routine so any challenges direct affects them
“There are so many challenges facing these people, I ask if the deputy minister is ready to sit with them and see how they can solves those problems”
Reacting deputy Minister Mavunde, said he is ready and would go to sit with them at the end of the on going bunge session .
“Iam ready to sit and discuss and solve their challenges, the government want to see people are doing their activities without any problem,” he said.
Responding to another question raised by Mpwapwa legislator Geoge Lubeleje(CCM) , the deputy Minister Mavunde, said the government would continue to take measures to improve social security sector.
The MP had wanted to know measures taken by the government to support workers whose their employers had failed to remit contribution to pension funds.
An instant fines has been introduced to employers who will not be able to send money to pension funds, he added.
However experts say there are many challenges facing drivers and bus conductors in the country particularly on contracts, urging for government intervention.
Recently Tanzania Road Transport Workers Union (TAROTWU) up arms with owners of transportation companies, blaming them for failing to put into practice agreed employment contracts for drivers and other workers in the industry.
The contracts in question were agreed upon by three parties namely the central government, drivers and owners of transportation companies and were supposed to come into operation since July last year.
At an ordinary meeting of the association here, the Secretary General of TAROTWU, Salum Abdallah, said a survey conducted by the trade union unveiled a number of flaws in putting to practice the new contracts.
"In a survey carried in several regions countrywide we found out that many employers in the sector have not adhered to directives by the government on the employment contracts," he noted.
Last year, the government directed truck and bus owners to put in place proper employment contracts between them and drivers as well as other workers in the business.
The order followed recurring strikes by employees in the sector which prompted the Prime Minister's Office, the Surface and Marine Transport Authority (SUMATRA) and the then Ministry of Labour and Employment to intervene.