Work­ers to mark May Day in TY

Lesotho Times - - News - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

Le­sotho Labour Coun­cil (LLC) mem­bers will cel­e­brate Work­ers’ Day in tey­ateya­neng on Mon­day next week.

the LLC com­prises the In­de­pen­dent Demo­cratic Union of Le­sotho (IDUL), Le­sotho Work­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (LEWA) and Pro­gres­sive As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho teach­ers (PALT).

In May last year, the Fac­tory Work­ers Union (FAWU), Na­tional Union of tex­tile Work­ers (NU­tex) and Le­sotho Cloth­ing and Al­lied Work­ers Union (LECAWU), merged to form IDUL, mak­ing it one of the coun­try’s largest trade unions.

Ac­cord­ing to LLC deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary, seabata Likoti, Labour and em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter thulo Mahlak­eng, home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Lekhetho Rakuoane, Gen­der, Youth, sports and Re­cre­ation Min­is­ter Mathi­beli Mokhothu and health Min­is­ter ’Molotsi Monya­mane, had been in­vited to ad­dress the work­ers on this day.

In­ter­na­tional Work­ers’ Day, or sim­ply May Day, is com­mem­o­rated an­nu­ally in most coun­tries on 1 May and is marked by var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties ini­ti­ated by trade unions. the work­ers also use the day to ex­press their con­cerns such as low pay and poor con­di­tions of ser­vice, to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Mr Likoti on Mon­day told the Le­sotho Times that be­cause 1 May falls on sun­day when most work­ers are sup­posed to be off-duty, the unions had re­quested the gov­ern­ment to de­clare Mon­day a public hol­i­day hence the com­mem­o­ra­tions would be held on that day at tey­ateya­neng LECSA Pri­mary school.

“the Le­sotho Labour Coun­cil will cel­e­brate Work­ers’ Day at tey­ateya­neng LECSA Pri­mary school. the theme for the com­mem­o­ra­tion is yet to be fi­nalised, but we ex­pect thou­sands of work­ers from our three af­fil­i­ates to at­tend. We have also in­vited gov­ern­ment dig­ni­taries to the event to ad­dress us on is­sues of bet­ter wages and im­proved work­ing con­di­tions, easy ac­cess to birth cer­tifi­cates, iden­tity doc­u­ments and pass­ports, the ob­jec­tive of in­ter-fac­tory sporting ac­tiv­i­ties the Min­istry of sports has pledged to spon­sor, as well as HIV, AIDS and tb in the work­place,” Mr Likoti said.

Fac­tory work­ers dur­ing May Day cel­e­bra­tions at Pitso Ground - File pic

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