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Tanzania – Ministry of Labour clamping down on exploitative recruitment firms

03 February 2014

The Tanzanian Ministry of Labour and Employment has urged recruitment businesses to register with the relevant government ministry in an attempt to stop the exploitation of workers, reports ippmedia.com.

Recruitment firms are a relatively new concept in Tanzania, according to the article, and the intervention by the Ministry of Labour has produced a hostile reaction from both recruitment businesses and those seeking employment.

The staffing firms have been accused of exploiting temporary workers by skimming their wages and only employing them intermittently on short contracts in order to circumvent labour laws. As a result, the temporary workers are losing their benefits entitlement.

The Ministry of Labour is seeking to regulate the industry in order to prevent further abuses. Their first step is to create a national register of recruitment companies in an attempt to ‘weed out’ those companies failing to operate within the law. 

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