The Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) is the most representative Employers Organisation in Tanzania. It was formed in 1960 to represent and protect the interest of Employers on Labour and Employment issues. ATE is one of the three tripartite forums that address all industrial relations and labour related issues at sectoral and national levels in Tanzania. Other forums are Government of Tanzania and Trade Unions. The Association represents employers in all sectors of the national economy excluding the civil service.
ATE is affiliated to several international networks including the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the Pan African Employers Confederation (PEC). ATE has good working relationships with the Government represented by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliament, Labour, Employment, Youth and PWDs, the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) and other stakeholders.
ATE’s development partners include the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Norwegian Business Enterprise (NHO) and Dutch Employers Cooperation Programme (DECP). Other partners are SWHAP, BEST Dialogue, DECP, DI, GAN and CEFA.
ATE’s vision is “to be the most preferred organization addressing the evolving business needs of employers in Tanzania”. The Association’s mission is “to represent and advocate for the business interests of employers.” ATE strives to live up to its motto “Every good employer is a member of the Association of Tanzania Employers” and, through its own initiatives and with support from its development partners has strengthened its capacity to represent and service member companies and continues to improve its competitiveness and human resources. ATE is currently in the third year of implementing Business Plan 2015 – 2017 towards achieving the goals as stipulated in the 10 years Corporate Plan 2015-2025.
ATE’s membership base continues to grow and currently has about 1400 registered direct members and about 6000 indirect members drawn from private business firms, companies and some parastatal organizations whereby the majority of members are based in Dar es Salaam (70%) and the rest are in other parts of the Tanzania mainland (30%).