TRADE unions for factory workers are hopeful that the Ministry of Labour and Employment will implement the allocated budget accordingly in order to address their grievances.
Feb. 22, 2021
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Trade unions want budget implemented accordingly
Secretary General of NACTWU Sam Mokhele
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This after the Minister of Finance Thabo Sophonea presented the 2021/22 budget last week Wednesday.
Secretary General of the National Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union (NACTWU) Sam Mokhele is concerned that the allotted budget is not enough to address long-term concerns of the factory workers.
“Though it is not much, but if it is directed to the relevant sectors, it will make a difference, what remains is for the Ministry of Labour and Employment to use the budget accordingly,” Mr Mokhele said.
Sharing similar sentiments, 'Mei Rathakane of Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho (IDUL) said the current budget is more or the same as the previous year’s one, hence, it will not cover much ground.
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“It is true that factory workers do not get their salaries from the government, but if there is no increment for public servants, the same goes for factory workers who earn even smaller wages,” he said.
For years, trade unions have been fighting for decent wages for the factory workers who earn between M1 696.00 and M2 000 per month.