While the textile manufacturers at Somanur, Tirupur and Avinashi have started paying the revised wages, some in Palladam are reluctant to do so.
About 20,000 job-working power loom units in Palladam and nearby areas have stopped production as some of the textile manufacturers are not paying the revised wages.
Nearly two lakh power looms in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts were on strike from February 21 for 34 days as the owners of the job-working power loom units demanded hike in wages from the textile manufacturers. Labour Department officials held talks with the unit owners and the textile manufacturers and recommended 30 per cent increase in wages for job-working units that weave the Somanur variety fabric and 27 per cent for others.
While the textile manufacturers at Somanur, Tirupur and Avinashi have started paying the revised wages, some in Palladam are reluctant to do so. Hence, the power loom unit owners have gone on strike.
They have also represented to the Labour Department to ensure that the textile manufacturers paid the revised wages, according to P. Kumarasamy, secretary of the Coimbatore District Job-Working Power loom Unit Owners’ Association.
Official sources said that some textile manufacturers in Palladam have expressed their inability to pay the revised wages immediately.