Special Correspondent

Interim relief for AFT mill workers also sought

Puducherry: The Joint Action Committee of trade unions attached to the AFT Mills has called upon the administration to constitute a fresh Special Industrial Tribunal to revise the wages of workers. A resolution adopted at a meeting of the committee said that pending the tribunal's report, workers should be paid Rs.2,000 a month as interim relief.

V.S. Abishegam, president of the committee, said in a release here on Wednesday that the award finalised by Justice Duraikaliarathinam fixing the wages for the workers was in force till December 2003. And there should be revision of the wages from January 2004. The committee wanted the management to modernise the mill making full use of the Central funds. A monitoring committee should be formed comprising representatives of the trade unions, Government departments and mill management.

There should be uniform rate of dearness allowance for all workers and staff in all the textile mills here. The committee would stage a series of agitations in support of these demands, he noted.

A. Ammainathan (AFT Trade Union Congress), P. Vellayyan (Pattali Trade Union), K. Ilango (BJP), R. Azhwar (HMS) also participated.