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No steps to save GSP Plus concession; allege garment unions
17
Nov '09
A joint body of garment sector trade unions and a group of NGOs alleged the government, leaders and apparel industrialists were not taking effective measures to salvage the GSP plus status, which Sri Lanka is likely to lose.

Apparel Industry Labour Rights Movement (ALaRM) opined that the country should undertake investigations, which have been suggested by the European Union same as those which have been executed by the other countries enjoying the GSP plus concession.

Considering present situation, the Union Secretary Mr. Palitha Atukorale said in a press conference that, it would not be feasible to ask European Union to extend the concession without reacting to the unfavorable report, put out by the EU, as the country is about to lose the GSP plus concession.

Asking for such an extension is also not sensible, without taking steps to implement the recommendations under the ILO agreement and fulfill other aspects that the EU was concerned about, he said.

Moreover, the efforts taken by the religious leaders would prove to be unproductive in these conditions, and searching new markets for country's apparel products will not be effective as the EU has been a major buyer of these products, he added.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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