Lanka can lose US GSP if labour laws aren’t revised


Sri Lanka stood to lose the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) benefit awarded by the United States, if the government did not revise labour laws in the country, the Sri Lankan Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) said yesterday.

The Union said the country had been awarded the continued benefit despite labour laws not being conducive for freedom of association and collective bargaining.

FTZGSEU General Secretary Anton Marcus pointed out that Sri Lanka had lost the GSP plus benefit awarded by the European Union after reports of unbearable labour laws in the country came to light. Marcus said, though the government made an effort to obtain the GSP plus scheme and made some changes in the law, it had not implemented them.


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