Spinning mill workers from Madathukulam and Udumalpet taluks, belonging to CITU- affiliated Tirupur District Textile Workers Union, staged a demonstration in Udumalpet demanding implementation of fresh wage agreement and better employment terms.
N. Krishnasamy, district secretary of Tirupur District Textile Workers Union, said that since 1996, wage agreement had not been signed between the private-sector spinning mills management and the workers.
“Some spinning mills, out of the 80-odd units situated in Udumalpet and Madathukulam taluks, have given marginal increments in the salary to the workers on their own. Due to the non-existence of a proper wage agreement, the majority of the workers are still struggling with poor salaries,” he added.
He further pointed out that the mills run under National Textile Corporation have accorded wage increases to the workers in accordance with the signed agreements.Wage hike
The Union wanted a minimum increase of Rs 2,000 per month in the basic salary to the workers and enhancement of lower slab of variable dearness allowance for a day to Rs. 46.50.
Mr. Krishnasamy said that all workers who had completed 480 days of service should be made permanent.