The eight registered trade unions in the stainless steel utensils manufacturing cluster at Anupparpalayam have threatened to go on a dharna if the manufacturers did not ease their stance on the wage revision issue.

“The dharna will be held in front of the units of the office-bearers of the manufacturers association if a new wage pact could not be formulated during the next round of talks between the trade unions and manufacturers scheduled for January 18,” CITU assistant district secretary K. Rangaraj told reporters here.

The workers in the cluster, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India Trade Union Congress, Labour Progressive Front, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Anna Thozhilalar Peravai, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sabha and Kamatchi Amman Patra Sangham, had been on an indefinite strike since December 29.

While the trade unions had been demanding for a 40 per cent raise for workers from the existing basic pay drawn, the owners refused to give anything more than 22 percent at end of the ninth round of wage talks completed on Wednesday night. The previous 30-month wage pact came to an end October 15.