TAMIL NADU

Powerloom workers seek better work conditions

The workers in the power loom job working units in Tirupur district, affiliated to six trade unions, submitted a memorandum to the district administration on Tuesday in which they highlighted their demands for better work conditions and social security.

The workers had planned to observe fast at Mangalam but were denied permission by the police citing the ‘Code of Conduct’ in place relating to the elections.

M. Sivasamy, secretary of Tirupur District Powerloom Workers Progressive Union, said the workers in the sector should be given minimum monthly wages of Rs. 10,000 with daily shifts restricted to eight hours.

Weekly holidays should be given and women workers should be sanctioned paid maternity leave.

The other demands were provident fund and ESI coverage for the entire workforce in the sector and issuance of identity cards to all workers in the sector.

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