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Interactive meeting brings together powerloom owners and weavers

Obtaining their views: Members of Tamil Nadu State advisory committee for revision of minimum wage for powerloom industry workers interacting with powerloom weavers on payment of minimum wages at Ammapet in Salem on Thursday. - Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
Obtaining their views: Members of Tamil Nadu State advisory committee for revision of minimum wage for powerloom industry workers interacting with powerloom weavers on payment of minimum wages at Ammapet in Salem on Thursday. - Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Uniform minimum wages, good working environment and benefits such as Provident Fund and ESI were some of the common demands of powerloom weavers, which were raised at the interactive meeting attended by powerloom owners, weavers, trade union activists and members of the Tamil Nadu State Advisory Committee for Revision of Minimum Wages for Powerloom Industry Workers of Tamil Nadu Government, here on Thursday.

The high power committee of Labour Welfare Department, appointed by the Tamil Nadu Government to fix minimum wages for powerloom workers organised a meeting with the representatives from those connected with industry.

The weavers claimed that they were paid poor wages for a long time and hence their grievances ought to be redressed.

The representatives from trade unions also vouchsafed their claims.

Later the committee members led by M. Radhakrishna Pandian, Deputy Commissioner, Labour Department, Madurai and Labour Inspector N. Govindan also inspected various powerloom clusters in Salem and its suburbs.

Tours

The team also would undertake tours in Namakkal and Erode districts on Friday.

Meanwhile weavers in Edapadi in Salem went on strike from Thursday demanding better wages and amenities.

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