Photos: Textile workers protest over influx of pirated textiles   

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Scores of textile workers on Friday embarked on a demonstration to draw attention of government to the influx of pirated textiles on the local market.

The textile workers began the demonstration at the famous Obra Spot, through some principal streets of the capital and finally converged at the Accra Hearts of Oak Park where they presented a petition to a Deputy Director at the Trade Ministry, Pady Gyirakor.

According to the workers, the unhealthy development is forcing them out of jobs and therefore want government to institute measures to tackle the problem.

The Coalition of Ghana Textile Workers is made of GTP, PRINTEX, ATL and Volta Star.

The workers want government to “restore the joint Textiles Taskforce to the market places to continue their good work of seizing the pirated and smuggled textile products belonging to these textile companies and burn them publicly in order to discourage and deter other smugglers from engaging in these barbaric business activities”.

They also want to government to reduce utility bills for the dying local textile companies to safeguard jobs.

The textile workers also want government to grant some tax incentives to these distressed textile companies and also revive those that have already folded up like GTMC, TTL and freedom textiles.

Ghana | | Barimah Saakwa