Textile manufacturers yesterday boycotted the inauguration of a task force put together by the Trade Ministry to rid the market of pirated textiles.
According to them, government of Ghana had failed to settle some outstanding issues, therefore their opposition to the inauguration of the task force.
The textile workers’ association and manufacturers explained that the move was in reaction to government’s inability to engage them even after their picketing, last Monday at the Ministry of Trade on October 2, 2017.
The workers withdrew their support for the taskforce, citing lack of engagement form the ministry.
Abraham Koomson, the General Secretary of the Association, questioned the ability of the taskforce to rid the markets off pirated goods and prevent smuggling across the borders.
He stressed, the manufacturers are the owners of the companies are not part of the composition of the taskforce. They have not been treated fairly at all and that is the issue. So the function will never achieve anything”.
Though, Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen expressed surprise at the sudden decision of the workers describing it as a disappointment.
Abraham Koomson added that “I think it would have been absolutely critical for us to have representatives of the manufacturers here. Incidentally, none of them is here’.
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