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AFT workers holding a meeting in Puducherry on Sunday.Photo: T.Singaravelou
AFT workers holding a meeting in Puducherry on Sunday.Photo: T.Singaravelou

Workers at the Anglo-French Textile mills will stage protests from April 10 to 15 against the closing of the mill.

The workers will take out an effigy across the town and burn it at a crematorium, one of the employees said.

“This is the sixth time that the mill has been given a holiday and the workers will not be paid this time. The government is constantly telling us that there is no money to pay the salary, but there are several lakh meters of cloth lying in the mill,” the employee said.

According to the workers, the cloth that was produced when the mill was open last month would earn around Rs. 10 crore. Around six lakh meter of first-quality cotton had been woven and finished and was lying unsold . There was three-lakh meter of cloth woven but unfinished. Before the work could be completed, the mill was shut down.

Earlier, the workers had been depending on various trade unions and political parties to conduct their protests. On Sunday, however, they decided to form their own association when 1,200 workers under the newly formed association met at the Botanical Gardens. The AFT Workers’ Association would be conducting the protest from Wednesday.

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