The committee constituted by the State Government to suggest minimum wages to textile mill workers has completed discussions with trade union and management representatives in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts and many of the southern districts. It will have similar meetings in Salem on May 10.

Deputy Commissioner of Labour R. Balachandran told The Hindu on Friday that the committee members would visit mills in Erode, Salem, Tiruchengode areas on May 9 and 10 and have a meeting at Salem on May 10. With this the committee would have visited textile mills in almost all the textile mill clusters in the State. The members had met the workers in several mills and taken their views too. More meetings could be organised depending on the demand of the management and trade union representatives.

Though the committee’s suggestions should be submitted to the State Government by August 4, it was likely to be prepared by the end of next month. The government had fixed minimum wages for apprentice workers in textile mills and now it was for the regular workers. The expenses incurred for basic facilities of the workers would be taken into consideration before fixing the wages, he said.

The joint action committee (JAC) of the textile mill workers’ unions in Coimbatore appealed to the committee at a meeting here on Friday to fix the minimum monthly wages for an unskilled worker at Rs.15,893.73 (for 26 days). This would be the minimum requirement given the cost of living now and the basic facilities required, according to a release from the JAC. With change in lifestyle, facilities such as handsets, LPG connection and refrigerators were becoming a necessity, the unions pointed out. The JAC sought revision of the minimum wages once in two years.

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