Factory workers get an increase

Maseru – While Lesotho Trade Unions were demanding a minimum wage of M2000

for factory workers

for this financial year, the Government has instead offered a six percent increase.

This was said by Mr Samuel Mokhele, a member of the National Clothing,

Textile and Allied Workers

(NACTWU) on Tuesday.

He said other private sector workers such as those who work in wholesale stores and furnit

ure

manufacturing companies’ were offered four percent instead of the 15 percent they dem

anded in the

proposal they submitted to the Government in January 2018.

Mr Mokhele further noted that so far the coalition of Lesotho Trade Unions t

ogether with the

government has not come to any sort of agreement concerning all the demands

they made.

As a way forward, he explained that the matter is now in the government’s hand

s and will make the

decision on its own as to what should be done.

This follows the press conference held at the beginning of March, concerning

the minimum wages of

private sector workers that did not appear in budget speech and the dem

ands made by the coalition of

Lesotho Trade Unions.

The proposal consisted of demands such as establishment of new sectors, wages, cond

itions of

employment and finally establishment of categories in existing sectors.

When contacted, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Ms. Keketso Rant

š

o, could not comment

saying she was on sick leave but will only be in office on Wednesday.

Lena

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