Trade Unions

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.



Youth Activist Workshop: Breaking the Chain

Trade Unions in Tanzania, as elsewhere on the continent and worldwide, suffer from the fact that unionism is not as appealing anymore to the majority of young people and workers.



Accountability and Monitoring of Public Resources in Songea

In a bid to promote youth engagement in accountability and monitoring of public resources, from 26th to 27th April 2019, FES Tanzania in collaboration with alumni of its Young Leaders Forum, organized a training with representatives from civil society organizations and political parties in Songea region. The meeting aimed to raise awareness on how youth can engage in the decision making process and track the public expenditure systems. They were enabled with the knowledge and skills on how to conduct Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) and Public Expenditure Tracking Systems (PETs).




Pre Budget Youth Dialogue

In a spirit of inclusion and citizen participation in the budget process, FES Tanzania in collaboration with Wezesha Foundation organized a pre-budget dialogue where young men and women from different youth organizations based in Dar es Salaam participated.


Latest Publications


Intraparty Candidate Nomination - A Gender Analysis

The United Republic of Tanzania is approaching general elections on 28 October 2020. Currently, the political parties participating in these elections are undergoing the internal process of nominating their candidates for councilor, parliamentary and presidential posts. To which extent are women included in this process, and are the nomination processes of selected political parties in Tanzania gender responsive and inclusive?



The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019

The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019 is the sixth edition of the AMB in the East African country. The AMB gives an overview of developments in media legislation and practice in the country since the last edition in 2015 on the basis of the assessment of national experts from the sector. It makes several recommendations for reform to ensure a diverse, free and impartial media landscape.



What is a Global Framework Agreement?

The following animated video will explain what a Global Framework Agreement is, using the example of the GFA between UNI Global Union and the South African retailer Shoprite.


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