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
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
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
employment and finally establishment of categories in existing sectors.
When contacted, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Ms. Keketso Rant
o, could not comment
saying she was on sick leave but will only be in office on Wednesday.