Maseru – The Ministry of Labour and Employment is empowering labour inspectors throughout the country, as part of initiatives to improve working conditions.
This was revealed by the Minister of Labour and Employment Honourable Keketso Rants’o, saying the labour inspectors are being equipped with skills to assist them to assess working conditions in order to be more conducive for all.
She said they are also making significant progress in reviewing the Labour Code 1992 as it is currently before the Parliamentary Office Council so that it can address the needs of the employees.
She pointed out that they are in a process of reviewing the Social Security Bill, which has already been presented to the Cabinet, adding that the Bill clearly stipulates workers’ rights and responsibilities such as their right to maternity leave and pension among others.
Honourable Rants’o said despite the achievements, they are still faced with some challenges that hinder progress in their daily duties, saying they are still faced with a huge task of ensuring that factory workers earn living wages in order to be able to sustain their lives and those of their families.
She urged employees to report any ill-treatment they experience in their workplaces so that it can be addressed promptly, adding that it is also vital for employees to know their rights and responsibilities in workplaces, emphasising the importance of signing work contracts in any job.