TANZANIA WARNS DEFIANT EMPLOYERS NOT REGISTERING WITH WORKER COMPENSATION FUND

ARUSHA, The Tanzanian government has warned defiant employers who have not registered with the Worker Compensation Fund (WCF), threatening stern legal measures.

Launching the first WCF Stakeholders Meeting in this administrative capital Wednesday, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenista Mhagama, said all formal private and public sector employers have to comply with the law establishing the fund.

Failure to register with the security scheme is a crime, she said, adding that the government will ensure that the law follows its course against non-compliant employers. The 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 dependents 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 maket 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.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK