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Labour Unrest Textile workers put demonstration on hold

The textile workers said they have called off the demonstration because the Trade Minister has indicated his readiness to meet them and find the best solution to the challenges in the industry.

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Local Textile workers who threatened to strike on Thursday, May 9, 2017, have called off their intended industrial action.

The workers said this is because the Trade Minister has indicated his readiness to meet them and find the best solution to the challenges in the industry.

The Chairman of the Concerned Workers of the Textile Industry, Ebenezer Asumadu said a scheduled meeting with the trade minister is expected to settle the issue amicably.

READ ALSO: Textile workers to hit the streets on March 9

“We had a letter from the ministry indicating that the minister is prepared to meet us to discuss the issues we raised concerning the textiles industry. So we decided to postpone the intended demonstration and meet the minister first.”

He added, “The problem we have concerns the industry so if the sector minister is prepared to sit us down for us to iron it then what is the meaning of us going to demonstrate? With the Ministry’s preparedness to meet with us, we have to accept it and look at the way forward.”

Workers from three textiles firms; Printex Ghana Limited, Akosombo Textiles Limited and Tex Styles GTP have said that they will demonstrate on the streets on March 9 to bring to light some concerns in the sector.

READ ALSO: 179 GTP workers sacked in 2016

The General Secretary the Textiles Garments and Leather Employees Union, Abraham Koomson said the mandate of the anti-textile piracy task force is renewed immediately.

He said the current situation at the Tema Industrial area is pathetic. Most of the textile-producing companies have dismissed some staff and also rented parts of their offices as warehouses to other companies.

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Meanwhile, the Deputy Communications Manager at the Trades Ministry, Nasir Ahmed Yartey says the Ministry is developing new ideas to eliminate the pirated goods on the local market.

“The issue of the piracy is what we are fighting through the task force and members of the textiles industry form the bulk of the membership of this task force. They know the industry, they know what people are doing to harm the industry so it is their expertise that the ministry relies on to try to fight this menace and so we are working with them.”

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