TAMIL NADU

Demonstration held to draw attention to power crisis

Members of seven leading trade unions staged a demonstration here on Monday evening in protest against the power crisis which had put the jobs of industrial works in Tirupur knitwear cluster at stake.

“Many of the predominant migrant labourers, on whom the cluster thrived, have either lost their jobs or are now working on meagre ‘piece-rate’ salaries due to severe reduction in number of work shifts in the factories.

“If steps are not taken to tide over the power crisis immediately, it will hit Tirupur apparel industry hard,” said CITU district secretary M. Chandran.

Apart from the CITU, the other unions which took part in the agitation included AITUC, HMS, BMS, INTUC, MLF and LPF.

Mr. Chandran said that apart from affecting the production schedules in apparel units, the power outages in the night had started affecting the health of people as they were not getting adequate amount of sleep.

“With mosquito menace severe in the city, the load shedding in the night hours are giving unpleasant experience to the dwellers,” he added.

The members of associations like Tirupur Exporters and Manufacturers Association were present at the agitation to express their solidarity to the cause for which the protest was organised.