Members of the Tamil Nadu Handloom Weavers' Cooperative Society (Co-optex) Employees Union staged a demonstration pressing various demands related to the salary hike here at West Masi and North Masi Street junction on Sunday.

The Co-optex Employees' Union (CEU) office bearers during the demonstration said that in the last 10 years the employees were not given a salary hike. After frequent interventions at many levels by CEU, the Co-optex Management agreed for a 14 per cent hike and stated that agreement would be done in a few days after discussing the issue with Handlooms Minister and State secretary, but till now nothing has been done they alleged. So they demanded an immediate hike of 14 per cent in their salaries.

E.K.Chandran. State vice president led the demonstration and the other demands put forth include providing permanent jobs to the persons selected through employment exchange and also to make the temporary workers who have put in 25 years of service and make them permanent.

S.Sivagnanam, Executive Council CEU, Usha, All India Progressive Women's Association, and T.Vishwanathan, State Secretary CEU, also spoke.

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