: An agitation by the workers of Madura Coats near Ambasmaudram in the district continued on Thursday after the spinning unit administration decided to lock out the company following the sit-in protest by the employees.

Demanding hike in wages and pressing a few more demands, workers of Madurai Coats spinning unit started sit-in dharna from December 1 onwards.

Though the spinning mill administration held a few round of talks with the protesting workers and informed the protestors the administration’s inability to pay increased wages at this juncture, the deadlock continued.

Even as the workers decided to continue their agitation, the Madura Coats administration locked out the spinning unit on Wednesday evening.

Dharna

Condemning the shut-out, the workers attempted to stage a dharna in front of their workplace on Thursday.

The agitation continued even after the police held talks with the protesting workers and asked them to initiate talks with the management.

When Ambasamudram MLA Esakki Subbiah met the protestors, he assured them that talks with the spinning mill would be opened on Friday to find an amicable solution. Accepting the assurance, the protesting workers left the spot.

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