Talks with weavers fail

February 21, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:36 am IST - NAMAKKAL:

The talks held to end the weavers’ indefinite strike in Komarapalayam failed. The weavers said the strike will continue till the wages are revised. The weavers want an increase in wages by 30 per cent.

Over 3,000 handloom weavers in Komarapalayam were on strike from February 2. The fabrics produced by them are exported to Malaysia, Singapore, and Middle East countries.

The weavers are paid between Rs. 1,250 and Rs. 1,500, based on the type of fabrics and the type of work. They said that wage was not raised in the last four years.

On February 7, a meeting was held between Tiruchengode Revenue Divisional Officer R. Suman, manufacturers, and the weavers.

Another meeting was held on February 19. On Thursday, the meeting was held at RDO’s office in Tiruchengode. Owners said that because of floods in Malaysia, sales have come down and hence they could not afford to raise wages.

They said that wage raise could be discussed in July.

Weavers objected to it and talks failed.

It was also decided to meet Labour Officer (Negotiation) in Salem and sort out the matter.

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