Gold Mining in Tanzania
Tanzanian teachers are to join a national strike called by the Trades Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) for this May
The indefinite strike will start just after International Labour Day on May 5th and is to press demands for pay increases, a review of the social security system and an end to high taxes for low paid workers. Five years ago the Tanzanian Teachers' Union demanded a minimum monthly salary for teachers of $232 yet still the lowest paid teacher only earns $84 a month. And out of this meagre amount taxes are taken.
When you consider that Tanzania is the third largest exporter of gold in Africa it is a scandal that teachers for example are not even receiving enough salary to meet their own basic needs - leave alone having the ability to provide a decent life for their families. The Tanzanian government gets only a tiny fraction of the value of the gold under Tanzanian soil - valued at $2.5billion over the last five years while tax revenues have averaged a paltry $21million per year. These arrangements as usual were the result of World Bank intervention together with a UK consultancy firm which produced an act which amongst other things 'allows 100 per cent ownership of minerals and mines to foreign corporations, preventing the government from entering into joint ventures; the right to employ unlimited foreign personnel and unrestricted repatriation of capital and profits'. This is of course the same World Bank which is promoting Education for All. To read more about this scandalous gift of Tanzanian wealth to foreign multinationals go to the following link: http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/59142
Spokespeople for TUCTA said that the government had been given a three month warning of the workers' demands but had failed to respond until the last minute