The district administration has all powers to ask the management to reopen the Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (TAC) which was abruptly closed on Thursday, according to Siva.Duraiarasan, president, TAC Employees Union.

Addressing the media here on Sunday, he said since the plant was closed without prior notice, the Collector should take legal action against the management according to the Industrial Disputes Act.

He also said the affected employees would send letters to Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa . He said TAC was dependent on carbon dioxide, treated as waste from SPIC for production. In a bid to take control of TAC, the SPIC management turned the TAC unit into a loss making entity after refusing to supply carbon dioxide. Deputy Commissioner of Labour, Tirunelveli Region, S.Thangappan had held four rounds of talks. The next round of talks would be convened here on Monday, he said.