National-level meeting in Lesotho advances Professor McCann’s project on Decent Work Regulation in Africa
(14 January 2019)
On 6th and 7th December 2018, the Decent Work Regulation in Africa (DWR-Africa) project hosted a National-Level Meeting on Decent Work Regulation in Lesotho.
The ongoing project, led by Professor Deirdre McCann and funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund, is aimed at establishing a Regional Network of researchers and policy-makers with an interest in effective labour regulation. It has a particular focus on the garment sector.
The meeting was organised by the DWR-Africa project team in Lesotho, headed by Professor Debbie Collier of the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. It was a collaboration with the National University of Lesotho, led by Dr Regina Kulehile of the Faculty of Law.
The event brought together trade union and other civil society partners in Lesotho, including UNITE, IDUL, NACTWU, and LENTSOE LA SECHABA, among others. Themes under discussion included effective engagement with labour regulation frameworks, gender and work/life issues, informality, unacceptable work, and the changing/evolving role of trade unions.
The Meeting identified a particular need for learning and skills development that focuses on making legal rights effective in practice, promoting decent work, and protecting workers from unacceptable forms of work. It is part of a broader series of research/stakeholder activities centred on working conditions in Lesotho which started in 2018 and is set to continue during 2019.