Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has sought a `national-level wage fixation mechanism' for textile workers.

Its National Secretary, W. R. Varadarajan, told reporters here on Tuesday that such a mechanism was present about three decades ago. It should be reintroduced for workers of all segments of the industry and for the interim period, it appealed to the State Governments to issue notifications for higher minimum wages.

After a period of crisis the sector was witnessing a boom and State and Union Governments should take necessary steps to revive the sick and closed mills in the country. At a juncture when the industry was doing well, the production capacity in these units should not remain idle, he said.

A meeting of the Southern State CITU representatives of the textile and apparel sectors was held here on Tuesday.

Resolution

It was resolved at the meeting to appeal to the Centre to withdraw its proposals on flexible labour laws in the textile sector. "The meeting denounces the move to liberalise labour laws for the textile and apparel industry, in the name of exploiting the opportunities in the global market," said a release from the CITU. The sector provided employment to over three-crore people directly across the country. Just about 20 per cent of them were permanent. Mr. Varadarajan said November 10 would be observed as demand day and demonstrations and rallies would be organised in all the textile centres, State and District capitals pressing for these demands.

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