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Yarn shortage: Clothing sector threatens strike
Jan '10
Value-added apparel sector has warned the government that it would stage an indefinite countrywide strike, if the government would not normalize the supply of quality cotton yarn below 32 count.

Representatives of Pakistan Apparel Forum urged the government in a press conference to end the policies that are unfavorable and unfair for the value-added sector.

Chairman Pakistan Apparel Forum (PAF), Mr. Javed Bilwani informed that the Faisalabad apparel manufacturers have already staged a strike to protest against the policies supporting spinners but which are disastrous for the value-added sectors.

The Chairman repeated the demand for imposing ban on exports of cotton yarn below 32 count as prices had swelled up along with its shortage, which is leading to the shut down of a large number of apparel manufacturing units. This closure would leave around 2.5 million workers without jobs, which would accelerate further social problems, he said.

He cited the January 08, 2010 deadline set by the government to resolve the cotton yarn issue, as an encouraging sign; and said, if the issues are not solved by then, the industry would be left with the only option of strike. This would also affect allied and related industries like shirt, pant button markers, he added.

Dissatisfied with the talks held with the government officials to solve the industry related issues Mr. Bilwani grieved that nothing has been implemented yet, to resolve these issues. In addition to this, Mr. Rana Mushtaq, Central Chairman Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Associations (PHMA) informed that, apparel sector has been discussing the issue with the government since the last three months, but have proved to be futile, hence, strike is now the only option for the sector to make the government fulfill its demands.

During last five months, around 45 percent of total yarn production has been exported from the country, which is an unfavorable trend for the local market. No measures have been taken to smoothen the supply of cotton yarn which is affecting overseas demand for Pakistani apparel products. Owing to the uncertain situation emerging from yarn shortage, foreign buyers are refusing to give new orders to country's apparel exporters, informed an expert.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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