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Crabtree employees return to work

Sept. 17, 2019 1 min read

MASERU - After a month strike Crabtree workers and management have finally reached an agreement and work has resumed at the factory.

The workers went on a mass action demanding that the workers who had been with the firm for under one year be paid M1879 from M1678. They wanted M2000 from M1893 for those with more than a year service. They also wanted workers with more than five-year service with the company to be paid M2126 from M1893 and those with more than 10 years service to be paid M4500 from M1893. They further demanded a family responsibility leave per annum of five days.

Lesotho Workers Association (LEWA) Secretary General Hlalefang Seoaholimo confirmed that the strike ended last week Thursday after the two parties agreed on a six percent salary increment effective by the end of September 2019. The agreement also includes three days of family responsibility leave per annum as opposed to the five that the workers demanded.

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Crabtree are South African manufacturers of low voltage wiring accessories, cable systems and power cords and predominantly operate within the South Africa construction market with some sales to the Sub Saharan Region. Crabtree serves a broad range of construction customers through an excellent established electrical distributor network.

Together with market access to the African markets, the acquisition provides Siemens with a significant manufacturing know-how through the facilities in Wadeville and Lesotho. The strike started on August 12 and ended on September 12.

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