Campaign for better wages to garment sector
|A group of local and foreign trade unions along
with civic society groups have launched a campaign
both in Sri Lanka and overseas aimed at getting
wages hikes for workers in the apparel industry.
The campaign known as the ‘Asia Florage Campaign’,
targets manufacturers, suppliers, consumer
importers, garments workers and state officials on a
The chief aim of the campaign is to seek an increase
in the price of the garment products from the
buyers, and such monies be directly diverted to the
workers, in addition to the wages paid by the
Asia Florage is confident that it could convince the
buyers towards this end, simply because some 75 per
cent of the global apparel manufacture originates
from Asia and is presently deeply embedded in the
A mechanism, monitored by the Asia Florage Campaign
will be set up to ensure that whatever extra gains
by the buyers are filtered down to the factory hands
and to no one else.
It is in this backdrop that the Asia Florage
Campaign has set up a People’s Tribunal, with local
and foreign judges on the bench.
The tribunal which will sit for three days starting
March 27 will hear testimonies from garment workers,
trade union representatives, members of the public
and experts on wages and related issues.
The tribunal is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka
and will be followed up with more national hearings
in the months to follow.
The panel of judges will later deliberate its
findings at a press conference to be held at the end
of the hearings, a statement from the Apparel
Industry Labour Rights Movement (ALaRM) that
encompasses all the trade unions said.