Textile workers proud of 2018

  • 20 December, 2018

Public Relations Officer for Coalition of Lesotho Trade Unions, Lebonejoang Molefi said factory workers have recorded remarkable achievement in 2018, especially having successfully fought for wage increment.

“Workers have been fighting for wage increment since time immemorial and we are glad that this year, we have gotten something because half a loaf is better than no bread at all,” he said when wishing workers a Merry Christmas and productive and Prosperous New Year.
However, he said the struggle continues as next year they are planning to visit the Parliament to present their grievances with regard to back payments.
According to Molefi, even though workers stepped on the society’s tone in demand for money a few months ago, the fact that they managed to register wage increase is a milestone worth noting.
As stipulated in the Legal Notice No.63 Labour Code Wage (minimum wages) of 2018 the clothing, textile and leather manufacturing sector employees with less than 12 months continuous service with the same employer get M1, 696 per month.
Textile general worker, M1,823 for textile machine operator and M1,696 for textile machine operator trainee.
Workers with more than 12 months continuous service with the same employer trained machine operator shall take home a monthly payment of M2,000 whereas textile general worker shall take home M1,879. This has been effective since September 1.

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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger