The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Keketso Rants’o has strongly urged factory unions through Lesotho Labour Council (LLC) to complete their work so that the minimum wages Gazette for factory workers could be passed in the Parliament.
These, she said during the commemoration of the international Workers Day held in Maseru on Tuesday, which brought together all Lesotho Labour Council affiliates with the aim to state challenges facing workers as well as mapping the way forward.
She said it is only when the gazette is passed that wages of factory workers could be increased.
Mrs. Rants’o further assured factory workers that the issue of maternity leaves and their pensions will soon be addressed as the law governing those issues will soon be passed in the Parliament.
She also said preparations for deployment of health practitioners at the factories are at an advanced stage, further acknowledged that courts of law have for a long time failed to address challenges facing factory workers, stressing that such issues will soon be addressed.
Speaking at the same event, LLC President, Mrs. Makamohelo Mokone said workers day is worth celebrating because it creates an opportunity for workers to reflect back and honour colleagues who fought for workers’ rights.
She said workers play a vital role in the country because they are sources of the economic development of Lesotho.
“The world can stand still without workers” she said.
She urged governments to ensure that salaries of workers meet their needs, urging trade unions’ leadership to hold trainings on rules and regulations governing the rights of workers at their workplaces.
Among other issues that factory workers raised during the commemoration include the need to review fixed term contracts at their workplaces, short-term maternity leaves, low wages and backlog of factory workers cases in courts of law.
Also present at the event were the Ministers of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Prince Maliehe, of Small Businesses, Mr. Chalane Phori and Mr. Sentje Lebona of Defence.
International Workers day is commemorated annually on May 01 with the aim to recognise the role played by Trade Unions and other labour movements.