Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Workers' strife & migration upsets Surat's powerloom sector
Workers' strife & migration upsets Surat's powerloom sector
Jan '11
The turbulences in Surat's powerloom sector and migration of several loom workers thereafter are all likely to prove disastrous for the India's largest man-made fabric industry.

According to the industry sources, there are no hopes that the migrant workers who have left for their native places in last few days, would come back before June 2011. This is thus likely to result in heavy losses for the Rs 300 billion industry.

The powerloom industry in the city which houses over six lakh machines, each day weaves around 30 million metres of gray fabric worth over one billion rupees. The recent strife of labourers over the wage rise has halted the operations of over five lakh powerloom machines in a number of industrial estates in the city. Owing to which, the weaving industry is each day suffering a loss of around Rs 800 to 900 million, over the last few days.

Dearth of workers has resulted in a decline in fabric production over the last three months. This is mainly because over 15 percent of the workers particularly from Andhra Pradesh and Bihar have migrated to their native places owing to the large scale industrial development and rising job prospects under the NREGA scheme out there.

Of the seven lakh workers employed in the weaving sector of the city, not less than 80 percent come from Orissa, of which over 50,000 workers have left for their hometowns in past some days, while several others are expected to follow their path, owing to the workers' strife which has now entered in its second week.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 27th Jun 2017

Govt defers tax deduction at source provision under GST

E-commerce players in India will not be required to deduct tax on...

Apparel/Garments | On 27th Jun 2017

Future Group aims Rs 12,000 crore in fashion business

Future Group, which runs retail stores across India under various...

Textiles | On 27th Jun 2017

AEPC & NSDL to help exporters with GST compliances

Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and National Securities...

Interviews View All

Kamlesh Vaghela
RK Textiles

Very few machinery manufacturers have R&D units

Karan Toshniwal
Orange O Tec

Contemporary industry is paying more and more attention to the...

Frank Gossmann
Rotorcraft AG

‘RT3 motto is: Do not check millimetres, check colours.’

Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Aditi Somani
Aditi Somani

Aditi Somani specialises in luxury fusion wear with international cuts and ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


news category

Related Categories:
July 2017

July 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search