Lesotho

The ITUC does not have an affiliate in Lesotho.

In practice

Freedom of association / Right to organise

Categories of workers prohibited or limited from forming or joining a union, or from holding a union office:

Exploitation in Chinese run textile factories
31-12-2011

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.

Trade union discrimination:

Legislation not enforced
31-12-2010

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.

Right to strike

Undermining of the recourse to strike actions or their effectiveness:

Replacement workers
05-04-2013

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.

No legal strikes
31-12-2010

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.

Limitations or ban on strikes in certain sectors:

Teachers not permitted to strike
05-05-2012
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