Tanzania launches an action plan to promote decent work for domestic workers

Press release | 27 February 2014

Dar es Salaam - The International  Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE), the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) and the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) will launch the tripartite plan of action to promote decent work for domest ic workers in Tanzania on 27th February, 2014.

The event to take place at ILO Offices, Kazi House, Maktaba street, in Dar es Salaam will be officiated by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Honourable Gaudentia Kabaka (MP) and will be attended by representatives from the Government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, NGOs, UN agencies, media personnel and other stakeholders. The overall objective of the event will be to disseminate the tripartite plan of action which is a publication stipulating the activities envisioned for the promotion of the Domestic Workers Convention No. 189 ( 2011 ) and its Recommendation No. 201 (2011) and the statements of commitment from all the tripartite constituents.

The tripartite plan of action also outlines roles and responsibilities of each tripartite partner during the promotion for ratification of the Convention. The launch is aimed at publicizing , disseminating and also reminding the tripartite partners and other stakeholders of their roles and responsib ilities in promoting ratification of the Convention and later, its implementation.

Even before the ground breaking adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, No. 189 (2011) , ILO has been working towards promoting improved and equal working conditions for domestic workers by providing its Member States policy advisory services and supporting technical assistance projects at country - level, research and knowledge development, and policy advocacy campaigns. The Plan of Action is a culmination of such efforts in Mainland Tanzania.

The statements of commitment from the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE), Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) and the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) attest to the significance that the tripartite constituents place on an integrated approach towards improving working conditions of domestic workers. 

According to official labour statistics, it is estimated that there are, at the minimum, 5.24 million domestic workers in Africa, accounting for 1.4 per cent of the total employed workforce and 4.9 per cent of paid employment in 2010. These however, are only approximations of the extent of the domestic workers’ issue, as there are indeed no reliable data.

It is fair to assume that millions of domestic workers are invisible and fall outside the radar of labour force surveys. There is insufficient awareness regarding the living and working conditions of domestic workers in Tanzania. In general, however, these conditions are poor. Despite the fact that in Tanzania, domestic workers have the same rights as other workers, those rights are frequently being disregarded. This happens because the existing labour laws especially the Employment and Labour relations Act, 2004 is not be effectively enforced.

For further information, please contact:
Kokushubila Kabanza Programme Officer - Domestic Work Tel: +255 22 219 6700
Magnus Minja ILO Information Officer Tel: +255 22 219 6700