Staff Reporter

Action council warns of agitation

COIMBATORE: With just about a week for Deepavali, bonus settlements have gained momentum in the district.

A large number of textile mills are expected to arrive at a settlement in the next two days, according to K.G. Jaganathan, secretary of the Joint Action Council of the Coimbatore and Erode District Textile Mill Workers’ Unions.

Talks are going on in about 80 per cent of the mills in Coimbatore and Erode districts that have nearly 1,000 mills. In a handful of units, agreements have been signed.

“There is no uniform trend in the textile sector. The nature of settlement varies in each unit with some mills agreeing for more than last year. In some others, it is less than that of last year and in some the same level,” he says.

The Joint Action Council has warned of direct action in the mills that do not disburse bonus to the workers by November 1.

“We expect majority of the units to arrive at a settlement in a couple of days,” he adds. The next round of talks for the National Textile Corporation mill workers is on October 31.

With regard to the engineering sector, a large number of units have arrived at agreements. And, many of them have paid more than that of last year, according to K.M. Selvaraj, general secretary of the Coimbatore District Engineering and General Workers Union (AITUC).

“By our estimate, the increase varies from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2,000. Even in terms of percentage, it is higher in many units,” he says.