Luct denies ‘softening’ government

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LUCTBy Limpho Sello

MASERU – Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (Luct) has denied using its cosy relationship with government to ride roughshod over court orders and workers’ rights.

In a press statement Limkokwing cooperative secretary Tefo Macheli said the university has never sought to coerce or influence any person out of his or her entitlement awarded by a court or tribunal.

Describing Congress of Lesotho Trade Unions (Coletu) accusations as “malicious” and “misplaced”, Macheli said while the university strives to have good relations with its stakeholders this does not mean it is “softening up” to any government officials as Coletu alleges.

Coletu Secretary General Vuyani Tyhali recently told a media conference that after losing a labour case against lecturers it had fired, the university offered the teachers half of what the court had awarded.

Tyhali said Education Minister Makabelo Mosothoane had allegedly told the workers that she would never entertain their concerns after they rejected her suggestion that they should accept the university’s offer.

The union leader went on to suggest that even the authorities were cowed by Luct.

Tyhali said the minister’s reaction had left Coletu wondering “who among the politicians is brave enough to stand up to the university”.

He further alleged that authorities at the university brag “about having softened the government”.

In response Macheli said, however, the university will not stop to work with relevant stakeholders and ministers to discharge its core duty and functions towards Lesotho and Basotho.

“LUCT wants to assure its students, staff, Basotho nation, the government of Lesotho and all its stakeholders that flimsy accusations as these ones made by Coletu shall not distract it in the discharge of its mandatory duties to Basotho.”

Macheli further denied flouting any court order or tribunal as Coletu suggested.

He said the university abides by all labour and industrial relations requirements of the country and thus it would not dismiss any of its employees for having embarked on a lawful industrial action.

He said the varsity shall remain the centre of excellence aimed at intellectual development of Lesotho’s human resources.

 

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