MINISTRY OF LABOUR TO STRENGTHEN LABOUR INSPECTIONS
MINISTRY of Labour and Employment Deputy Principal Secretary Pitso Makosholo says coordination among stakeholders is crucial to improving labour inspection standards in the country
Mr Makosholo said this while opening the labour inspection workshop in Maseru this week. The workshop brought together stakeholders for deliberations on possible collaborations to increase efficiency labour issues.
The three-day workshop was organised by the ministry under its Strengthening Labour Inspections Project, which is funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL) and supported by International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Lesotho ratified ILO Convention No.81 in 2001 on Labour Inspection in Industry and Commerce, and therefore the country has an obligation to provide and maintain a system of labour inspection to ensure the protection of workers in industrial and commercial workplaces.
He said the workshop came at an opportune time when the ministry was on the verge of completing the Lesotho Labour Policy which is a step towards ensuring that the national law reforms are operationalised.
Meanwhile, the Association of Lesotho Employers and Business (ALEB), expressed concern over some inspectors’ inability to carry out their duties as they seemed to lack the requisite skills
He also said that inspection should be a collective exercise involving employers, employees and the government.
Daniel Maraisane, a representative of employee federations welcomed the initiative saying strengthening labour inspection would address many issues that employees face.
He said inspections were necessary to ensure safety of employees among other issues.