The Akosombo Textiles Limited has laid off 600 workers and shut down its new plant which has spinning and weaving departments.
Of the sacked workers, 300 are said to be permanent staff while the remaining 300 workers are contract staff.
“Piracy is killing the sale of the textiles industry,” he said on Accra FM, revealing that the remaining staff of the company “have also not been paid for the past four months.”
He continued: “We are in Ghana but we are working for the economies of China and other countries due to piracy, this is a huge problem that the government must deal with. We do not plan to hit the streets to protest, all we want is the implementation of the roadmap given by the government to deal with piracy.”
The move follows a shortage of raw materials for production and lack of money to run the spinning and weaving departments.
“The initial date they gave for the commencement was September 2018 but they have told us that it has been shifted to 15th October. We don’t understand why this action cannot be taken immediately because the piracy is killing our businesses,” he said.