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TN powerloom unit owners begin five-day fast
Sep '11
Powerloom unit owners in Tirupur and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu have gone on a five-day fast from Friday, after failure of seven rounds of negotiations between them and the textile traders and manufacturers who get their fabric produced on job-work basis from these powerloom factory owners.

More than 10,000 owners of powerloom units have begun the fast along with their families at several places in both the districts.

Meanwhile, the strike started by powerloom unit owners on August 28 entered the 25th day on Friday.

Powerloom workers had demanded a 100 percent increase in the wages, after the three-year agreement relating to wages ended on August 28. In turn, the powerloom unit owners who undertake production on job-work basis, asked for an increase in their job-work rate.

More than 200,000 people related to powerloom units, including both owners and workers, are on strike since August 28. This has affected nearly 1 million people who are directly and indirectly associated with the powerloom industry in the State.

Taking their agitation to the next level, the powerloom unit owners have decided to go on a fast after they found the textile association reluctant to accept their demands. They plan to intensify their agitation further, if the textile association fails to agree to their demand of doubling the wages.

No date has been fixed for the next round of talks.

Industry analysts say, currently, the powerloom industry in Tamil Nadu is facing a severe shortage of workers, and hence, it would be difficult to retain workers if they are not paid well.

It is estimated that the present strike leads to an overall production loss of around Rs. 360 million a day. With the strike already completing 25 days, it has already resulted in a loss of about Rs. 9 billion till date.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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