IN response to “‘ MPS should pay back the money’” ( Lesotho Times, February 25, 2016), first of all, Members of Parliament do not deserve to benefit from this selfenriching scheme. The government should do away with this archaic facility. We did not elect them to enrich themselves, but to work. The MPS should repay the loans plus interest.
IRONIC isn’t it that our political representatives have such control over what we do in our lives and how our financial dealings are regulated but they apparently cannot control their own excesses. What really bugs me is that our representatives will be busy looking for and exploiting loop holes in the rules and regulations to further their own gains.
All it says to me is that we are voting in people who have no morals when it comes to their job. It’s a “Now I’m a politician, I can ride the gravy train just like the rest” mentality. Just because everyone else does it, does not mean it is right or fair. If there has been loop holes they should have had the decency to have it closed. No wonder politicians have a bad name, they bring it on themselves. They are our law makers and if they don’t have a good sense of right and wrong then they shouldn’t be in the job.
IN response to “Textile firm fires 900 workers” ( Lesotho Times, February 25, 2016), a least developed country like Lesotho in which about three quarters of the people live in rural areas and engage in subsistence agriculture cannot afford such a jobs carnage. It is really a bitter pill to swallow when approximately 900 factory workers are fired at the crucial time when hunger and disease loom due to the effects of El Nino climatic weather condition.
Lesotho’s largest private employer is the textile and garment industry where approximately 36 000 Basotho, mainly women, work in factories producing garments for export to South Africa and the United States. The distribution of income in Lesotho remains inequitable because Lesotho relies on the textile industry and South Africa for much of its economic growth. Basotho households depend heavily on remittances from members working in textile factories.
Envisaging how excruciating it is for the inconsolable fired employees from Ace Apparel, is unbearable. One cannot work for a decade and then be fired without any hearing. After going through fear, pain, walking through factory gates in the rain for a pittance of M275, this cannot be condoned and there is no employee who should go through this ordeal. I humbly urge all stakeholders to engage in talks and ensure that all the fired employees are reemployed at Ace Apparel.
All the trade unions should have a collective bargaining and negotiation process between them and the employer about grievances procedure, terminal benefits and employees’ rights.
The employer cannot just fire employees but must follow the discipline and termination steps outlined in the collective bargaining agreement. Some of the steps can include notifying the employee in advance to allow him/her to speak with union representatives prior to the meeting and appeal process.
Employees have the right to strike against or boycott their employer. Many strikes yield immense benefits to employees. There is nothing wrong when fellow employees down tools in unison with the colleague who feels she is not treated fairly. This should serve as a clarion call to all stakeholders that employees cannot be fired willy-nilly.