‘Powerloom strike will continue till demands are met’

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The job-working powerloom units in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts continued the strike on Tuesday as against the earlier indication that the units will resume operations on Tuesday.

The units are on strike from August 5.

After holding meetings here on August 25 with the master weavers and the job working unit owners, Minister for Handlooms and Textiles K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran had told presspersons that a solution was suggested to the wage problem. He was hopeful that the units would resume operations on September 1.

P. Kumarasamy, secretary of the Coimbatore District Job Working Powerloom Unit Owners’ Association, told The Hindu on Tuesday that after the meeting with the Ministers the association had organised meetings in the villages to elicit the members’ views on the suggestions given by the Ministers.

The job working units insisted on the demands that wages should not be reduced, master weavers should give a guarantee to pay the agreed wages and the penalty levied by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board on some of the units for violation of the power cut restrictions should be withdrawn. Now, the strike would continue till the demands were met, he said.

The master weavers implemented 32 per cent increase in wages to the job workers for the Somanur variety and 27 per cent for the Palladam variety fabric for the last eight months based on an agreement reached in August last year. However, they reduced the wages by 10 per cent about two months ago. This had affected the job workers and they sought restoration of the wages. The job working unit owners met the Coimbatore District Collector P. Umanath and Highways Minister M.P. Saminathan over the last two days to apprise them of these demands.

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