ABC promises to improve factory workers’ wages
By webmaster On 5 May, 2012 At 06:46 PM | Categorized As Local, News | With 2 Comments

Bongiwe Zihlangu

MASERU — The All Basotho Convention (ABC) says it will lay new ground rules for factory owners in a bid to improve wages in the textile industry if it wins the May 26 election.
The party’s leader, Thomas Thabane, told hundreds of cheering factory workers at the Maseru West Industrial Area on Friday that “slave wages” will be a thing of the past if his party wins the election.
Thabane said factory workers were earning meager salaries because Lesotho had consistently advertised itself as a country that provides cheap labour to woo investors.
While this was true in the past the situation on the ground had changed leading to the need to review the working conditions and remuneration for workers in the textile sector.
He also took a swipe at Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili whom he accused of failing to help workers negotiate for better salaries and working conditions.
He said Mosisili’s government had failed to lay the ground rules for factory owners to offer decent wages, extended maternity leave and better working conditions.
Thabane said Mosisili had never cared about factory workers and that if he had, his government would have negotiated improved wages and better working conditions for them a long time ago.
“For this industry that employs you to treat you better, the government should have had intensive consultations with your employers to negotiate better salaries for you,” Thabane said.
He added that the government should also have entered into negotiations with textile employers regarding maternity leave and other issues before investors set foot in Lesotho.
“Do not give your precious votes to Mosisili. Rather give them to the ABC because he does not deserve them,” Thabane said.
“On May 26, go to the polling stations and be patient with the snaking queues. Your perseverance will result in the ABC assuming government power.”
Thabane said when the ABC assumes power after May 26 his government would meet with factory owners to discuss new modalities regarding salaries.
He however acknowledged that Lesotho needed foreign investors as it could not afford to build its own factories.
The reception Thabane received from the factory workers was in sharp contrast to what happened to Mosisili after his Democratic Congress supporters were beaten up and pelted with stones in Thetsane last month.
At least 10 people were injured in the attack.
In Maputsoe, Mosisili was also heckled by workers who disrupted his election campaign rally.
Thabane said he was also concerned about the safety of female factory workers who often fell victim to rape after being waylaid by criminals.
“No man has the right to rape a woman and think he can get away with it. Your security is the responsibility of the government you elect into power,” he said.
He also took a swipe at Mosisili for allegedly mocking factory workers for wrapping their “waists with shawls”.
“Where does he get it putting you down like that? Why should he even look at what you wear around your waists?”

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  1. semenekane says:

    Bro Tom ke hore re ke re u fe monyetla, mohlomong ke uena moshana oa Sankana ea tlo pholosa Lesotho litleneng tsa Kholumolumo ena e bitsoang CD.
    Hake nahane hore hore naha ea rona e futsanehile hoo Basotho ba ke keng ba pataloa hantle.

    Nako ena kaofela “Likhomo ha li kae, batho re bangata” feela motho chelete ea metsi a Lihlaba e kena mokotleng hae, ena eo re sa boneng na o etsang ka eona?

    Hake Makale haho thoe banna ba bang ba ruile ho feta naha ka matlotlo a naha ao ba iphileng ona ka bobolu.

    Hare khetheng ABC banna le basali ba heso ho hlola tlala le hore boiketlo ba sechaba sa Basotho bo akofe. Re thenehile ke ho busoa ke molata ona eo bareng ke Size 2 le Mahaletere enoa ea corrupt.

  2. tau ea tsoene says:

    ke bone mosali ea sebetsang seterateng a thabetse mahaletere khilik

  3. Lethula says:

    This old,useless and hopeless prankster is day dreaming.It is their functionaries who said demanded so-called 2020 for factory workers. So now why does not he promise them that 2020 instead of making sweeping statements?To be specific Menepe is a liar.He promised that he would do this and that if voters voted for his fiefdom(abc) but he did nothing.

  4. Lefetoa says:

    Mokha ona o macha ke oa litsotsi(Dangerous Criminals-DC)

  5. semenekane says:

    @ Lethula

    At least Bro Tom re ile ra ka ra bona maputula a hae ha a ntse e le letona la Home Affairs & communications

    Bosholu ba liphoofolo bo ile ba fokotseha, phano ea lipasa ea akofa le ho ntlafatsa liofisi tsa liposo.

    Bro Tom hase karolo ea li Bro tsa Size 2 tse jeleng chelete ea Block farming, chelete e neng e lokela ho rekela Basotho litlhare. Hona joale lipetleleng tsa ‘muso haho litlhare, nako ena kaofela batho ba tlameha ho reka litlhare tse ling chemisiting.

    E mong ke enoa eo ba reng ke Mahaletere, ha a tsoafe ho bolelisaka ka mokhoa oo a leqetsang ka teng empa sechaba sa Basotho se roabala se itsosa ke tlala ea boja – likata.

    Sesotho se re :- mokhotsi oa masholu ke lesholu. Ea etelletseng pele batho ba corrupt, o corrupt. Hase feela a sa batleng ho theoha litulong tjena, o hatile bomo ea bobolu.

    Come 26 May, re tlo e tsa Operation Mahaletere break down. Ke baetapele ba joang ba tje?. Chehe! Lipolotiki tsa lephako…

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