n African Human Rights Law Journal - The promotion of basic employee rights in Tanzania

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This article examines the judicial protection of the right to work in Tanzania. First, it traces the historical basis of the struggle for the promotion and protection of workers' rights by looking at the early struggle in this regard, championed by early trade unions. It also discusses the implications of the partnership between trade unions leaders and politicians for the development of a vibrant trade union movement that would assist in the promotion of workers' rights. In the main, the article examines the effect of party supremacy by the ruling party on the legislation and the practice of labour rights in Tanzania. The article further examines the recent economic liberalisation and its impact on the promotion and protection of the right to work. In conclusion, it reviews a number of cases where the courts in Tanzania protected the right to work positively.

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