Workers say government grabbing their nest egg

Workers from the Katunayake Free Trade Zone, Sri Lanka largest free trade zone, took to the road in protests. Photo courtesy Women's Centre

Yesterday (May 24), thousands of workers from the Katunayake free trade zone blocked the road to Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport, in a protest against government plans for a pension scheme for private sector workers. Read the rest of this entry »

Driving over paper tigers in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s roads are destined to become more crowded and more dangerous. The government says it plans shift road traffic, particularly container traffic, onto rail, to ease the pressure – but experts say national transport plans have so far been paper tigers. Read the rest of this entry »

Bangladesh gearing for top garment spot

After wage unrests that hit headlines, Bangladesh’s Ready Made Garment [RMG] sector is warming-up to become the ‘most competitive clothing manufacturing destination in the world’ within the decade. Read the rest of this entry »

18th Amendment and more to come

The government yesterday (September 08, 2010), used hit-and-run tactics with great success to ram through the 18th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution. Now, more changes to the Constitution maybe on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Sri Lanka to return to executive PM system

Will Sri Lanka’s return to an Executive Prime Ministerial (PM) system mean a return of President Mahinda Rajapaksa – as Executive PM? Read the rest of this entry »

Shipping costs out of Asia on the way up

The Asian Shippers Council (ASC) says shipping costs out of Asia are increasing. Both buyers from Asian manufacturers, and Asian country exporters, will feel the increase this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Trade and politics – this time US GSP and Sri Lanka

Trade unions wanted Sri Lanka removed from the US GSP, but are now having a change of heart. Read the rest of this entry »


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