The Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) says that the recent decision by US retailer J Crew to pull out further orders from its Sri Lankan supplier Mirrai Pvt Limited, after the manufacturer refused to correct serious labour violations, is sending a message to the garment industry that codes of conduct can be more than paper tigers.

Secretary of the FTZGSEU Anton Marcus told The Island Financial Review that the Industrial Global Union has written to the Ceylon Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) criticizing its knee jerk reaction of blaming the union for the loss of orders and urging the industry to instead tackle the real issues in order to build a viable and sustainable export industry.

General Secretary of the Industrial Global Union Tyrri Raina in a letter to the local supplier has made it very clear that J. Crew’s reason for severing its connections with Mirrai was not the allegations brought by the union nor any violations, but rather its refusal to partner with J. Crew in order to remedy the labour violations.

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