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TGLEU wants reinstatement of Anti-Piracy Task Force
Jan '14
The Textile, Garment and Leather Employees’ Union (TGLEU) has demanded the reinstatement of the Anti-Piracy Task Force on textile, suspended about a month ago.
Suspending the operations of the Anti-Piracy Task Force, constituted to seize and destroy pirated textiles, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said the suspension was temporary and it would streamline the operations of the Task Force.
However, no action has been taken so far by the Government, according to TGLEU, which opposed the suspension of the Task Force.
Subsequently, in mid-December 2013, several textile and garment workers demonstrated in Accra to register their displeasure at importation of pirated textiles and the Government’s inability to prevent the same from entering the country.
A TGLEU representative had later explained that the union was not against textile imports, but it was against the imitation of trademarks and logos of local companies, which was an infringement of their intellectual properties.
After the suspension of the operations of the Anti-Piracy Task Force, employers in the textile and garment sector have indicated that they might embark on a redundancy exercise in view of declining profits.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Federation of Labour has announced its support to TGLEU, and said the pirated textiles are affecting the livelihood of the workers in the textile and apparel industry.
‘Pirated’ textiles is a major problem affecting the Ghanaian textile industry. The term is used to denote those textile products that are an imitation of traditional Ghanaian textile designs and are available at lower prices.
The Task Force was first set up in August 2010 and was reconstituted in 2013. It comprised of representatives of textile companies, the Police, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

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