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Jakarta Post

Textile industry cries out for help as layoffs loom

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 24, 2020   /  04:04 pm
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Workers produce knitwear on March 6, 2020 at the Rajong Binong Jati Center in Bandung, West Java. Industry associations have called for government safeguards to help textile producers avoid laying off its workers amid the COVID-19 epidemic. (Antara/Raisan Al Farisi)

The textile and textile products (TPT) industry is appealing to the government for help as it faces imminent layoffs from decreased cash flow and declining demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary-general Redma Gita Wirawasta of the Indonesian Synthetic Fiber Producers Association (APSyFI) said that increasing garment imports would also leave domestic producers with an even smaller slice of a market that had shrunk due to COVID-19. “We want the government to provide solutions [...] on how this small market can be given entirely to domestic producers to keep running. Because if such actions are not executed and we don’t have a market anymore, layoffs are not impossible," he cautioned on Monday during a teleconference with industry stakeholders. Yet, garment imports are among a slew of issues that are threatening jo...