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Lesotho

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Staff association’s leader suspended and then dismissed by Lesotho Correctional Service for criticising the new law 12-10-2016

The Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) has dismissed its Staff Association Secretary-General and Acting President, Lebonejoang Ramohalali, who had been suspended since January 2016, for commenting on the new Lesotho Correctional Services Bill on the radio.

On 4 January 2016, Ramohalali took part in the programme of the regional branch of the PC FM radio station. He commented on the fact that the new Lesotho Correctional Services Bill, which regulated offences and punishments for the staff, was passed without the input of opposition MEPs who were at that time boycotting the National Assembly. On 6 January, the LCS management suspended Ramohalali for speaking without authorisation and for “blatantly undermining or questioning the wisdom of the legislature”. On 18 April, he was informed about being demoted to the lowest rank while he was still on suspension. On 24 August, Ramohalali took part in another radio programme during which he said that the new Bill only focused on the offences and punishments for the staff and not on their welfare. The programme was brutally interrupted by three armed employees of the LCS. On 15 September, Ramohalali received a letter from the LCS management dated 7 September, informing him about the intention to terminate his employment and demanding reaction within 21 working days. The LCS issued a letter of dismissal on 12 October, prior to the end of the notice period, therefore failing to account for the date of effective termination.

Teachers not permitted to strike05-05-2012
Replacement workers05-04-2013

When the National Union of Commerce Catering and Allied Workers instigated strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
action against Sun International South Africa company with respect to the payment of higher wages and the use of casual labour, the company secured working permits for replacement workers from Business Units in Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu in South Africa.

Exploitation in Chinese run textile factories31-12-2011

The General Secretary of the Lesotho Congress of Democratic Unions (LECODU), Tšeliso Ramochela, has called for better labour regulations in the textile industry. Speaking during a textile workers’ strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
in August 2011 he warned that workers were being exploited in an industry dominated by Chinese employers. Levels of union organising organising The process of forming or joining a trade union, or inducing other workers to form or join one. have improved across the country’s all-important textile industry in recent years but many employers still ignore labour laws or exploit weaknesses in the law.

Legislation not enforced31-12-2010

The country has a poor record on respecting trade union rights. In the private sector, the complex procedures and employers’ anti-union attitude make it very difficult to operate a trade union. Although the law prohibits anti-union discrimination anti-union discrimination Any practice that disadvantages a worker or a group of workers on grounds of their past, current or prospective trade union membership, their legitimate trade union activities, or their use of trade union services. Can constitute dismissal, transfer, demotion, harassment and the like.

See Guide to the ITUC international trade union rights framework

, many employers still stop union organisers from entering factory premises to organise workers or represent them in disputes. In some cases, employers intimidate union organisers and members, threatening the latter with dismissal, particularly in domestic industries.

No legal strikes31-12-2010

Because the strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
procedure is complicated, there have not been any official strikes in the country for many years. There have been regular spontaneous protest actions over the years, however. As these are technically defined as illegal, workers continue to risk losing their jobs and being taken to court.

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