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Lesotho risks major clothing job losses if AGOA lapses 23 Mar 2015

An estimated one-third of Lesotho's textile and clothing production will be decimated if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is not renewed in September, a senior South African textile and clothing sector consultant has warned.

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Brands back project to stop gender-based violence in Lesotho 26 Feb 2021

Levi Strauss & Co, The Children's Place and Kontoor Brands are funding a programme that targets gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in four Lesotho jeans factories employing up to 10,000 workers.

Apparel brands unite to tackle gender-based violence in Lesotho 16 Aug 2019

Levi Strauss & Co, The Children's Place, and Kontoor Brands are launching a comprehensive pilot programme to prevent gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in garment factories in Lesotho after an investigation documented a "deeply concerning" pattern of abuse and harassment at a key supplier's factories in the country.

Lesotho workers win 62% jump in minimum wages 24 Aug 2018

Marches and demonstrations – and threats of strikes at textile plants – have persuaded the Lesotho government to approve a 62% increase the minimum wage for factory workers.

Union keeps up garment wage demands in Lesotho 15 Aug 2017

More than 100 workers, organisers and shop stewards have taken part in a union-organised rally in Lesotho as part of an ongoing campaign for better wages in the country's garment and textile sector.

Unionists call for better wages in Lesotho garment sector 6 Jul 2017

Unionists in Lesotho have joined forces to campaign for better wages in the country's garment and textile sector.

Workers in Lesotho demonstrate to save AGOA 7 Dec 2016

An estimated 20,000 workers have taken part in demonstrations in Lesotho in a bid to end political instability that threatens the southern African nation’s duty free access to the US through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Three textile unions form women's committee in Lesotho 6 Oct 2014

Three textile unions in Lesotho have joined together to form a women's committee, which will work to fight discrimination in factories.

LESOTHO: Better Work programme launches in Africa 21 Dec 2010

Buyers from Gap Inc, Levi Strauss and Wal-Mart attended the launch earlier this month of the Better Work programme in Lesotho – the first time the scheme, which aims to improve working conditions in the garment sector, has been rolled out in Africa.

LESOTHO: Apparel exports to US under pressure says WTO 12 Nov 2009

Lesotho’s apparel exports – the bulk of which go to the lucrative US market – could be adversely affected by increased competition from low-cost Asian countries such as China and India, as well as the loss of preferential provisions in 2012 and 2015, a World Trade Organization (WTO) report says.

LESOTHO: Textile industry driving economic growth 22 Aug 2006

Lesotho’s economic growth is set to hit 2% this year thanks to expansion in the country’s textile industry, according to the government.