Maseru – The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Economic and Development Cluster has urged striking Sun International employees to take their dispute back to the Directorate of Dispute Prevention and Resolution to determine the legality of a unilateral change of the recognition agreement by the employer.
In its report tabled by Chairperson Honourable Semano Sekatle in the National Assembly, the Committee recommends that the workers engage Sun International and negotiate the terms and conditions for returning to work.
It added that it recognises the principle of separation of powers and is conscious that the National Assembly is not used to replace well-established labour disputes prevention and resolution mechanism and is also aware of the pathetic situation of the striking workers and the dilemma they are faced with.
The Committee stated that the principle of separation of powers is fundamental in this case, as Parliament enacts laws that govern labour relations in the country and expects them to be observed and adhered to at all times.
The Committee sat on August 17, 2015 to consider a petition by the striking workers, to the National Assembly to intervene in a labour dispute that had led to a strike and a corresponding lock out and an ultimatum by the employer forcing workers to return to work.