Strikes will cut economic growth, warns Lipumba

Prof Lipumba
Tanzania’s economic development would face a major setback if the government fails to solve public workers’ disputes before they down tools.

The opposition Civic United Front (CUF) sounded the alert yesterday when commenting on the recent teachers’ strike, which was outlawed by the court last Thursday.

CUF national chairman, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, told a news conference at the party’s headquarters that the government and workers should have a tendency of solving disputes between them through discussion.


He said CUF was not pleased by the way the government has been dealing with teachers’ problems which resulted in a strike.

Last week, the Labour Division of the High Court declared the4 teachers’ strike illegal and ordered them to go back to work.

“Workers’ strike is the result of the government’s secrecy, laxity, dictatorship and neglecting workers’ concerns for a long time,” he said.

He added that teachers have fundamental demands that the government failed to tackle during the past decade.

He criticised President Jakaya Kikwete’s reactions over the teachers’ demands on salary increase, saying he was supposed to say what the government could afford to pay instead of just saying the government lacks budgetary muscles to increase their salaries by 100 per  cent.

However, Prof Lipumba said it was possible for the government to provide satisfactory salaries to its workers if it reduced unnecessary expenditure by buying expensive cars, foreign trips, and high allowances to public servants in some institutions.

He wondered why the government through Chama cha Mapinduzi cheated teachers that they were keen to solve teachers’ problems, including salaries after the  2010 deneral election.
Source: The Citizen,http://www.thecitizen.co.tz, reported by Bernard Lugongo

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