… teachers have until Friday to submit required documents
MASERU – Striking Lesotho teachers will return to work tomorrow and await submission of proof of locus standi documents to the Directorate of Dispute Prevention and Resolution (DDPR) on Friday August 10 by their counsels.
Upon attending the conciliation on Monday, the directorate demanded that the teachers’ representatives provide proof that shows they have a right to file (locus standi) the case on behalf of teachers.
The representatives of the Lesotho Teachers Trade Union (LTTU), Lesotho Association of Teachers (LAT), and Lesotho Schools Principals Association (LESPA) approached DDPR for intervention regarding their grievances with the Ministry of Education and Training.
“We have been ordered to submit our locus standi by Friday. We will be working with our legal representatives to ensure that by Friday all documentation is available. I urge you to report back to work from tomorrow in line with our schools’ rules and regulations,” explained LESPA public relations officer Tsepo Lethobane before a crowd of picketing teachers at Moshoeshoe Statue in Maseru.
Lethobane reminded teachers that the struggle for wages was not in any way politically influenced as the discussion started in previous governments from as far back as 2005.
According to the LTTU secretary general, ‘Mapitso Molai, teachers decided to approach DDPR so as they might have a certificate for a protected strike and with a hope that the DDPR’s conciliation would find amicable solution to the dispute between employer and employee.
“If DDPR’s conciliation cannot resolve the dispute, then it has to award us a certificate to go on strike,” she said.
Teachers boycotted classes on August 2 and 3 and instead picketed outside the ministry of education and training.
Teachers demand better salaries and better working conditions.