Looking for the go ahead for double shifts. That’s the request made by Pakistan manufacturers of leather clothing to the government, as such businesses aren’t allowed to implement them nor can they work on Saturdays. The government decided to introduce these measures to contain the spreading of Covid-19, but entrepreneurs see a crisis coming and are trying to halt it by increasing productivity.
Go ahead for double shifts
The request was formalized by Pakistan Leather Garments Manufacturers & Exporter Association (PLGMEA). Its president, Syed Nadeem Abbas, explained in a note that re-introducing double shifts would allow businesses to respect social distancing while working more. “This will help businesses maintain the workforce and avoid a higher level of unemployment at a critical time”, he says. Mr. Abbas also sees this as a way to avoid significant financial losses. PLGMEA’s president praised the government’s decision to keep factories open during the lockdown but asks to “extend this measure to Saturdays as well, as the segment could suffer losses of up to 30%”.
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