The changing world of work, accelerated economic liberalization, multi-national companies (MNCs) and decreasing membership put pressure on trade unions worldwide and in Tanzania. Positioning labour interests and advocating for the upholding of workers’ rights in the social dialogue with the employers and the state remains challenging in this environment.
Originating from the German workers' movement itself, FES promotes strong trade unions on the African continent and in Tanzania, acting as independent and democratic advocates for all workers. Through our work, we aim to facilitate a constructive social partnership between employers and trade unions that respects workers' rights, social justice as well as decent work in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth.
The objectives of our work with trade unions in Tanzania are threefold: We aim to include trade union perspectives and workers’ voices in ongoing processes of transformation in Tanzania, such as industrialization and the changing world of work. Secondly, we support trade unions in finding innovative ways of representing all Tanzanian workers within their structures and in social dialogue – including those employed in the informal economy. Thirdly, we work to strengthen the representation and participation of women and youth within trade unions, as these societal groups continue to be underrepresented in union membership and leadership.