ANDHRA PRADESH

Talks under way to end weavers’ stir

Indefinite strike launched by the powerloom weavers of Sircilla demanding increase in wages as announced by the government, entered the second day on Tuesday.

All the 20,000 and odd pairs of powerlooms have stopped production of fabric following the strike by around 12,000 odd powerloom weavers in the textile town. The powerloom weavers trade unions -- AITUC, CITU and IFTU -- have been supporting the strike and demanding the powerloom owners to increase the wages.

Demanding bonus to the weavers, they also sought minimum eight hour working conditions for the health of the weavers. They also demanded that the government abolish night-shifts and distribution of identity cards and appointment letters.

On Tuesday, the weavers staged a dharna in front of the Sircilla RDO office. The Labour Department officials are engaged in talks with the owners and the weavers.

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