Over 300 members of the Small Powerloom Medical Cloth Manufacturers Association at Sathirapatti near Rajapalayam courted arrest here on Monday.

Powerloom workers had been on strike since May 4 demanding a hike in their wages following the expiry of the three-year agreement.

There are about 600 powerlooms manufacturing surgical gauze and surgical bandage cloth in and around Rajapalayam. About 10 units have been engaged in export while 90 others have been involved in distribution of the same to several States in the country. While the strike by the workers came to an end, the manufacturers demanded increase in payment from companies that engage them for the work.

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