PAKISTAN: Strike threatened over cotton quotas
Strike action on the cards among spinners
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has threatened a nationwide strike to protest against quota restrictions on exports of cotton yarns.
APTMA chairman Anwar Ahmed Tata, addressing a press conference yesterday (10 March), said that APTMA has decided to disassociate itself with the Ministry of Textile Industry due to its "discriminatory policies"
He also appealed to the country's President and the Prime Minister to intervene before the strike, which is planned for 18 March and would involve hundreds of thousands of workers.
Tata said that the recent reopening of spinning plants had resulted in cotton yarn production jumping to 241,000 tonnes per month.
However, yarn exports could come to a complete halt within a week, he said, since current export quotas are fixed at 35,000 tonnes per month, de-railing the revival process.
Tata warned that the spinners will close down their plants and arrange protest rallies if the Textile Ministry fails to withdraw quota restrictions on yarn exports within ten days.
APTMA is the largest textile industry association in Pakistan with 400 members representing around 250,000 workers.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Textile Industry has reduced the monthly yarn export ceiling from 50,000 tons to 35,000 tons for the four months from 1 March 2010 to 30 June 2010 to ensure availability of yarns to domestic garment producers.
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