Trade Unions

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With the introduction of the multi-party system and the progressive economic liberalisation in the 1980s and 1990s, trade unions in Tanzania have encountered new challenges. The formerly state influenced trade unions have become independent. But there are still difficulties in positioning labour interests in the social dialogue with the employers and the state. Privatisation and foreign direct investment further complicate advocacy for workers' rights.

Originating itself from the German workers' movement, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has a particular interest in promoting Tanzanian trade unions to be an independent and strong democratic advocate for employees. At FES Tanzania we foster a social partnership between employers and trade unions that respects workers' rights, good working conditions and social justice.

In particular, we work to strengthen the position of women and youths within trade unions who are still underrepresented in virtually all spheres of the political arena and support the efforts of particularly young unions in their struggle to position themselves on a national and regional stage (for instance domestic workers, security workers and within the informal sector).

Furthermore, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung promotes the international exchange and coordination of Tanzanian trade unions with their counterparts at the level of the East African Community (EAC) as well as with the international trade union movement and their regional branches in Africa.

Events

World Press Freedom Day Commemorations 2016

On the 2nd and 3rd of May media professionals and stakeholders from the United Republic of Tanzania came together in the city of Mwanza at the shores...

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International Capacity Building Workshop on Migrant Domestic Workers

From the 19th to the 21st April 2016, Leaders from East African domestic worker unions assembled in Tanzania to demand their governments do more to...

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Dialogue on Foreign Aid: Can Tanzania Do Without?

This theme appeared to be highly relevant seeing the recent decision by the US based ‘Millennium Challenge Cooperation’ (MCC) to suspend its...

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Latest Publications

Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac

With an estimated gas reserve of more than 55 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), Tanzania readies itself to join the gas economy. Large multinational oil...

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The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2015

Even though most African countries enshrine principles of freedom of expression in their constitution, the practice often leaves much to be desired....

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China and Africa – Continuing an Unequal Relationship

In the context of the FES Regional Young Leaders Conference on the topic "China in Africa - International Perspectives and Local Perceptions" that...

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
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