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Asia Florage 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 global scale.
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 respective manufacturer.
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 region.
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.