Production hit as small spinners go on strike

COIMBATORE, NOV. 1 Even as the South India Small Spinners Association claimed that over 15 lakh spindles in hundreds of small spinning units in the State came to a grinding halt today in response to the strike call, official sources contended that the protest was only ``partial''.

According to the past president of the SISSPA, Mr. K. Narayanasamy, the strike was ``complete'' as all the 500 SISSPA- member mills participated. At least 100 more non-member units also stopped production expressing solidarity with the SISSPA.

He said about 100 open-end spinning units did not operate their units. However, there was no response from the Government yet to the demands of the association.

The demands included reduction of power charges, abolition of peak hour charges and sales tax exemption for domestic cotton consumption.

Meanwhile, the labour unions have expressed displeasure over the SISSPA move as a large number of workers were affected by the strike. The general body meeting of the Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) will be held tomorrow to decide on their stance. A common programme by all the spinning unit associations in the State was proposed.

The Coimbatore District Small Industries Association and the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry here have expressed their support to SISSPA.

Production at a small spinning unit stopped on Thursday in response to a strike call given by the South India Small Spinners Association.

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