President Samia reinstates annual wage increments

President Samia Suluhu Hassan has reinstated the annual salary increment to the public sector workers which were initially frozen.

Addressing the nation on International Workers’ Day at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro, President Samia said that the annual salary increment will restart this year.

“We’re resuming annual salary increments which were initially frozen. We will restart this year and hope to do the same moving forward,” she said.

She said the government has also prepared promotion, ranking and recategorization of civil servants as well as massive promotions to those who were not promoted last year.

“The government will continue to improve the workers interests and working conditions in the government and private sector,” she stressed.

Meanwhile, the Head of State instructed the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA), the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Employment to look at possible ways to ease tax deduction on workers’ various incomes saying tax should be deducted only where it is necessary and not otherwise.

“But for those areas that tax has to be deducted, we will continue to deduct the tax,” President Samia Suluhu stated at the Union’s Day celebration in Morogoro.

However, she also directed the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa to ensure that employers who have not been sending workers contributions to the social funds to send them so as to allow those with demands to get their benefits.

“This problem was big, and these funds did a great job of asking those with claims to submit them. A total of 14512 claims were received where from them 13523 have already been worked on, there few claims that are remaining go and finish them up,” she directed the Premier.

Equally, President Samia instructed the PM to ensure that employers with insurance arrears pay the arrears within 60 days just as the health insurance law demands.

On the other hand, the President Samia said the government will strive to invest and attract investment in the country and to build its economy so as to create more jobs as well as achieving workers interests

This year’s International Workers’ Day is under the theme “Better Salaries and Decent Jobs are the Pillars of Workers’ Development”

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