Heart­break for ho­tel staff

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

The Labour Court this week post­poned to 14 Jan­uary 2015, a case in which the Na­tional Union of Com­merce, Cater­ing and Al­lied Work­ers (NUCCAW) had ap­plied for an or­der to stop Sun In­ter­na­tional Le­sotho (SIL) from re­fus­ing its mem­bers en­try to their work­place.

Ad­vo­cate Poulo ‘Nono, who rep­re­sented NUCCAW in the ap­pli­ca­tion, said the court had post­poned the mat­ter on Tues­day with­out grant­ing the or­der, and also with­out es­tab­lish­ing the facts of the case.

“There still seems to be an ar­gu­ment per­tain­ing to whether in­deed, there was a strike, with NUCCAW deny­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing in any such industrial ac­tion, while on the other hand, Sun In­ter­na­tional is in­sist­ing the strike took place.

“The court has there­fore asked to post­pone the mat­ter to next year fol­low­ing an estab­lish­ment of viva voce ev­i­dence to re­buff all the al­le­ga­tions,” he said.

The mat­ter, which was brought be­fore Labour Court Act­ing Pres­i­dent Male­bona Khabo on Mon­day this week, fol­lowed the lock­out of work­ers by man­age­ment on 22 De­cem­ber 2014.

how­ever, the NUCCAW ap­pli­ca­tion sought, among other things, the re­in­state­ment of its mem­bers pending the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the mat­ter.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also wanted Sun In­ter­na­tional to be stopped from forc­ing or en­tic­ing NUCCAW mem­bers to sign doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the wage-ne- go­ti­a­tion dis­pute cur­rently be­fore the Di­rec­torate of Dis­pute Pre­ven­tion and Res­o­lu­tion (DDPR).

But Ad­vo­cate Thabo Mpaka, who is rep­re­sent­ing Sun In­ter­na­tional in the case, said his client was determined to up­hold the “law­ful lock­out” of the staff mem­bers.

“Sun In­ter­na­tional Le­sotho has vowed to up­hold the lock­out which has been con­ducted in a law­ful man­ner against the staff mem­bers who had re­fused to show-up for work on the 22nd De­cem­ber 2014, forc­ing us to act upon their strike ac­tion.

“Only 40 per­cent of our staff showed up for work on that day, while the oth­ers did not,” he said.

NUCCAW lead­ers have how­ever , dis­puted any strike ac­tion ever took place, ar­gu­ing they had, in­stead com­mu­ni­cated to man­age­ment an in­ten­tion to strike which they later with­drew be­fore the lock­out was put in place.

Mean­while, the locked out mem­bers could be seen gath­ered out­side the Le­sotho Sun premises this week.

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