By DAILY NEWS Reporter, 30th December 2011 @ 13:02, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 4934
MEMBERS of the Association of Bus Operators in Tanzania have requested for quick intervention by the government to help inspect and authenticate work contracts signed between lorry and passenger bus drivers with transportation proprietors.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Friday, the association’s General Secretary, Salum Abdallah said only a few owners complied with the government directives regarding the compulsory signing of work contracts by all members.
“Investigation conducted on the nature of contracts signed so far revealed a host of forged documents which have subsequently been presented to the Surface and Marine Transportation Authority (Sumatra) for records,” Abdallah explained On behalf of other drivers’ association members, Abdallah asked the ministry of Labour and Employment to carry out a thorough inspection before January 10, 2012 to rid the drivers of the upsetting burden which has remained a source of discouragement among them.
The representative also talked about a joint meeting previously held between the drivers, owners and Sumatra and agreed on the importance of signing work contracts. He suspected that violation of the agreement by owners was deliberate and was unbearable.
He appealed to all members who have not received genuine contracts from their employers to report to his office before January 05, 2012 to help facilitate collection of reports for timely submission to higher authorities.
On his part, Nestory Mloka from the Ministry of Labour and Employment supported the appeal, insisting that drivers associations in the country should file complaints against owners unwilling to comply with the legitimate order by the government for appropriate disciplinary measures to be taken against them.
“In the last joint meeting we agreed on full compliance to the directives to help iron out differences between the two parties and avoid unnecessary frictions undermining efficiency,” Mloka explained.
He warned all defiant owners to abide by the government directives to avoid possible legal measures which might be facing them.
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