Tema, Dec. 02, GNA - The Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TGLEU) has commended the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) for clamping down on the sale of fake and unverifiable African textile prints.
A statement issued and signed by Mr Abraham Koomson, General Secretary, Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL), said GSA’s resolve to clamp down on the brisk sales of textiles whose countries of origin were faked or unverifiable and the quality of dyestuffs and chemicals used for the manufacture uncertified, was highly commendable.
The Union indicated that the substandard textiles had flooded the markets and caused serious health problems for unsuspecting people who patronized the products.
They further stated that the economy of Ghana suffered immensely by substantial revenue losses due to smuggling of those products into the country which rendered local textiles manufacturing industries uncompetitive.
According to them, even though the local companies met statutory tax obligations, and applied certified dyestuffs and chemicals as well as employed thousands of workers, they had been rendered uncompetitive in pricing due to the illicit activities of traders resulting in the virtual collapse of the industry with its accompanying massive job losses.
The TGLEU pledged its support for the GSA to apply its core mandate to ensure that the manufacture and sales of products complied with the laws of Ghana.
They appealed to the GSA to sustain the operations at the points of sale of the counterfeit textiles across the regions to save the country from imminent calamity.