About 15,000 job-working powerloom units in Tirupur and Coimbatore districts are on strike since February 21 seeking revision of wages from master weavers.

Wage talks for job-working powerloom units in Tirupur and Coimbatore districts did not see any progress on Wednesday as representatives of two associations of the master weavers did not participate in the talks called by the Labour Department officials here.

About 15,000 job-working powerloom units in Tirupur and Coimbatore districts are on strike since February 21 seeking revision of wages from master weavers.

There are about two lakh looms that do job work for the master weavers at Tirupur, Avanashi, Somanur and Palladam.

The unit owners have sought 80 per cent increase in wages as the input costs have gone up multi-fold.

District Collectors of Coimbatore and Tirupur had also held talks with the master weavers and job-working unit owners earlier.

P. Kumarasamy, secretary of Coimbatore District job-working powerloom unit owners’ association, said they had expected an agreement on Wednesday at the meeting called by the officials of the Labour Department. However, representatives of a couple of associations did not participate.

The job-working units are incurring production loss of Rs. 40 crore a day because of the strike.

The units are on strike for almost a month now and the unit owners will soon decide on the future course of action.

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