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Labour unrest forces enterprises to bring shutters down
Sep '08
The problem of labour unrest in Nepal has not been solved despite various efforts being made by the Government. As a result, many foreign based enterprises including textile, garment and carpet, which have their production base here, have shut their manufacturing units and others are soon planning to do so as it has become extremely difficult for them to cope with the present situation.

Fibre2fashion contacted Mr Uday Raj Pandey, Vice President, Garment Association of Nepal (GAN) to learn more about the grave state of affairs, who divulged, “In order to find a permanent solution to this prolonged problem, meetings have already begun which involves Government officials, industrialists and labourers. The talks have begun on a optimistic note, it is likely to bring a positive outcome soon which is expected to bring the Nepali industry back on track within two months.”

When asked as to what measures the Government is taking to over come this situation, Mr Pandey asserted, "The authorities are planning to reset minimum wage rate so that workers will be paid accordingly and get benefit. The Association wants the officials to come up with some policy that would provide social security to the workers who are employed in different factories. However, GAN even wants to take guarantee from the labourers that they will not go on strikes in future.”

While sharing his views on the kind of support the GAN is expecting from the new Government in Nepal, the Vice President stated, "Government should provide financial support for betterment of the industries so that more investment can be done by the overseas enterprises. The establishment of new plants will generate job opportunities for the countrymen, which will automatically improve the economy of the nation.”

The Government is also planning to form a Labor Commission to deal with the problem, and is considering coming up with an Investment Board which would be led by the Prime Minister to boost investment in the country.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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