Apparel sector unions slam main candidates

By Leon Berenger

Apparel industry trade unions yesterday hit out at the two main presidential canddiates, saying they were not taking serious note of the crisis in the sector.

Free Trade Zone Apparel Union leader Anton Marcus said President Mahinda Rajapkasa and his main rival, Sarath Fonseka, were still talking of wars fought and wars won while not paying attention to pressing issues facing the working class.

The Apparel industry is facing a major crisis over diminishing demands caused by the global economic crisis and the European Union’s decision to stop GSP Plus duty concessions to Sri Lanka.

Apparels Progress Union President Palitha Athukorale said they were hoping to meet both the candidates to discuss their grievances.

He said Gen. Fonseka had agreed to meet them on Tuesday and they have also sought a meeting with President Rajapaksa.

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