Increase wages, say power loom workers

About 300 workers of power loom units observed a day-long fast on Wednesday near Chennimalai bus stand demanding 40 per cent wage hike and 25 per cent bonus.

Their agitation had the backing of major trade unions including All India Trade Union Congress, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Bharathiya Mazdoor Sangh, Anna Thozhilsanga Peravai, and Labour Progressive Front.

The fast followed the strike by workers since Tuesday morning, demanding that power loom owners make the payments immediately.

There was no outcome in the talks that the Joint Action Committee of the trade unions led by AITUC District Secretary N. Sengottaiyan and the Committee Convenor had with the power loom owners on October 23 and with Labour department officials on October 28.

Former Chennimalai Panchayat Union Chairman and District Panchayat Member R. Gopalakrishnan initiated the demonstration that had the participation of AITUC district president S. Chinnasamy, INTUC district president K.R. Thangaraj, BMS district president Chandrasekar, BMS district president Chandrasekar, and LPF president Rajendran.

District Panchayat Vice-chairman K.V. Manimekalai and Chennimalai Town Panchayat Chairman Shanmugasundaram also addressed the workers.

The demonstration came to an end with a talk delivered by AITUC State Vice-President and former MLA N. Periyasamy. The fast was planned to draw the attention of the district administration to the plight of the workers.

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