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TN textile mills agree to pay minimum wages
Oct '10
Tamil Nadu's Labour Minister T.M. Anbarasan, on October 19 suggested that all the textile mills should pay a minimum wage to their workers as stipulated by the government, and that the workers should be made permanent on completion of 480 days of uninterrupted service.

The Labour Minister made above suggestions while he convened a meeting with the management of textile units and union representatives to consider the complaints alleging that several textile units were employing young girls under the pretext of Sumangali Scheme.

Statistics released by the Chief Inspector of Factories stated that, there are over 1800 textile units in the State, providing direct and indirect employment to around 400,000 workers.

A majority of these textile mills employ young girls to as trainees for three years duration, and are paid wages on daily basis.

These girls are provided with lodging and boarding facilities at mill premises and are also promised a sum of Rs. 20,000 to 30,000, payable to them at the end of contract period.

The Minister while responding to the complaints regarding payment of minimum stipulated salary and other allowances to these young girls directed the textile unit owners to at least pay minimum wages to all their workers as stipulated under law and to provide identity cards to the workers.

He further stated that, all workers who complete 480 days of uninterrupted service should be taken on permanent rolls and be provided with facilities like PF benefits and housing facilities. The textile millers have accepted all the recommendations.

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