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Workers to protest against pirated textiles
13
Sep '11
Around 2,500 Ghanaian textile production workers are to stage a demonstration on the streets of Accra on Tuesday to protest against illegal importation and domestic sales of pirated textiles.

The workers are facing the threat of redundancy due to a flourishing business of pirated Ghanaian textiles which are causing their employers to incur heavy financial losses.

They stated that they would not leave any stone unturned to bring an end to the wrongful practice of importing and selling of pirated textiles and to secure their livelihood.

The Anti-Textile Piracy Task Force, joining hands with the infuriated workers in their drive, has stiffened its stance against the traders engaged in business of pirated textiles, and has warned that in addition to burning seized pirated textiles, those dealing in such textiles would also be arrested and put on trial.

Several days earlier, some textile traders had taken to streets in the central business district of Accra to remonstrate against confiscation and burning of their goods by the task force.

Thus, in view of the traders' determination to give a tough fight to any subsequent seizure operation by the task force, there are all probable chances for a disagreement between the two parties.

The traders, while pledging ignorance regarding the pirated textiles, urged the task force to divert their efforts to curb smuggling of such pirated textiles at the entry points rather than allowing the same to hit the markets, as seizure of such pirated goods from the traders causes them to incur heavy loss in investments.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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