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Textile workers unhappy with ‘stimulus package’ for pirated textiles

Textile workers unhappy with ‘stimulus package’ for pirated textiles

The Local Textile Workers’ Association has expressed displeasure at government’s plan to offer financial support to solve the smuggling of pirated goods onto the local markets.

Although they admit they are in need of financial help, they are confident it will not address the issue which remains the biggest challenge in the industry.

Their assertion follows government’s plan to set aside over one hundred million Ghana cedis under the stimulus package introduced in the 2017 budget to revive distressed companies.

The textile workers earlier threatened a demonstration but put it on hold after the Trade Ministry prompted them of its readiness to engage them in addressing their concerns.

The General Secretary of the Local Textile Workers Association, Abraham Koomson who spoke to Citi Business News on the matter said government must cook up a well enhanced plan to address their concerns.

“The owners of these companies have been approached. They have been given questionnaires to complete. But as a union, we are advising government that for the problem that the sector faces, it can allocate the money for all the ministries captured in the budget for them, but the money will go waste if the proper measures are not taken,” he assured.

Mr. Koomson also indicated, “These are very very serious problems that must be addressed. If we don’t address these problems and we just want to put money there, I don’t think that government will be helping anybody at all. So what we are saying is that the money may be given to them but find out whether that money will not go to waste eventually.”

source: citibusinessnews.com

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