Government denies allegations of GGML blacklisting youth in the country

GEITA : The government has denied rumors that Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGML) has blacklisted youth whose employment has been terminated for various reasons, as claimed by some individuals.

In its investigation, it has been found that GGML has established a system to keep records of the performance and conduct of its employees, including actions and incidents of violation of rules and regulations committed during their employment.

This was revealed on Friday, September 8, 2023, in the Parliament in Dodoma by the Deputy Minister, Office of the Prime Minister (Labor, Youth, Employment, and Persons with Disabilities), Patrobas Katambi, while responding to a question from the Member of Parliament for Geita Town, Constatine Kanyasu (CCM).

Kanyasu asked whether the government is aware of GGML’s practice of blacklisting youth in the country and how many youth are currently blacklisted.

Continuing to respond to the question, Katambi said that in the hiring process, almost all companies and employers follow up on the performance information of job applicants with their previous employers.

“Therefore, GGML provides performance information and conduct of employees who have worked with them when requested to do so.

Additionally, despite providing that information, GGML does not prohibit the specific mine from hiring applicants in any way.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge youth who are confident that their service at GGML was faultless and can prove that they have been blacklisted by the company to contact my office so that appropriate measures can be taken,” he said, adding,

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge all youth to work with honesty and integrity to avoid the consequences of having a negative employment record, which hinders their economic advancement and participation in the nation’s development,” he said.

Among other things, Katambi said that if there is evidence of youth being blacklisted, it should be provided to ensure that the rights of those Tanzanians are upheld, as it is our government’s responsibility to protect the rights of all parties.

In addition to promising to visit the mine, he said that if someone has already been punished, it is unfair to continue to deny them the right to be employed elsewhere.

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