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Lesotho: Garment factory fires workers and re-hires them for lower wages

Bull Clothing, a garment factory in the Southern African country of Lesotho, fired 253 workers, accusing them of taking strike action. It then rehired them, on new contracts, at lower salaries, subject to a three-month trial period. The workers were fired after gathering to ask the company why a payment of 800 maLoti (US $46) from the government had been delayed. Workers believe the company deliberately delayed the payment. The union also raised the issue with a government sector development committee, who have summoned a company representative. We asked Bull clothing to respond to the allegations. Bull Clothing did not respond.