Millions set to lose garment jobs

by Richard on December 30, 2004

From Christian Aid

One of the most sweeping acts of global liberalisation is about to be unleashed on some of the world’s poorest workers, with devastating consequences for the millions, mostly women, who are expected to lose their jobs.
At midnight on 31 December 2004, the World Trade Organisation will scrap the quota system that governs the global clothing and textile trade, ending at a stroke 30 years of protection for one of the developing world’s staple industries.
From New Year’s Day 2005, the Multi Fibre Agreement (MFA) will go and the new rule will then be – survival of the fittest. A recent World Trade Organisation (WTO) study stated that 27 million workers world-wide could lose their jobs. [Read on...]

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