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Hosiery manufacturers upset over PTOA’s demand

Hosiery manufacturers in Tirupur knitwear cluster sounded upset over the sudden demand of Power Table Owners Association (PTOA) members, who own around 2,000 knitwear stitching units, for higher job work charges and their decision to stop working.

A talk held between the PTOA members and South India Hosiery Manufacturers Association (SIHMA) on Friday evening could not resolve the issue as the PTOA asked for a 20 per cent hike in sewing charges from the present rates which the hosiery manufacturers did not agree.

South India Hosiery Manufacturers Association sources told The Hindu that the demand for raising the job work charges by the PTOA member units could not be justified considering that the three-year agreement on stitching charges signed by hosiery manufacturers and power table unit owners expire only April 16, 2016.

However, the PTOA secretary Nandagopal pointed out that the situation had come to such a stage that the job work charges need to be raised as labour costs and power charges went up exorbitantly in the last one year.

“We are now spending almost 80 per cent of the sewing charges obtained from the hosiery manufacturers towards paying wages of the labourers in PTOA member units,” he added.

Mr. Nandagopal also clarified that the demand for higher job work charges was not made abruptly. Rather, we raised the issue in November last itself, he said.

Industry sources said that PTOA and SIHMA would hold talks again on Tuesday.



PTOA has asked for a 20 per cent hike in sewing charges from the present rates

‘Three-year agreement on stitching charges signed by SIHMA and PTOA expires only in 2016’