Gearing for a better deal for Apparel sector

By Leon Berenger

A panel of local and international judges will today begin a public hearing into submissions made by trade unionists and other representatives in the Apparel sector as part of a wider global campaign seeking better wages for the Garment workers.

The panel, first of its kind in the country, is made up of eminent persons from several Asian countries, who will later deliberate their findings at various forums in their own countries, in a bid to highlight the true position of the Sri Lankan Apparel workers, a senior trade unionist said.

The panel is also part of a wider programme known as the “Asian Florage Campaign” launched by a group of local and foreign trade unions. It has targeted manufacturers, suppliers, importers and the State officialdom, in a bid to obtain better financial gains for workers in the Apparel sector, spokesman for the grouping, Palitha Atukorale said yesterday.

The main aim is to seek an increase in prices from the buyers, so that workers could receive something extra, apart from their respective wages, Mr. Atukorale said.

In addition, any financial gains obtained through this programe, will go directly to the workers, and it will be closely monitored by the Asian Florage Campaign, he added.

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