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Textile workers strike to highlight their plight
Feb '11
In an effort to highlight the troubles that the garment knitwear industry was facing pursuant to the Madras High Court's decision to shut down the contaminating dyeing units, and to bring them to the notice of the Central and the State government, the major trade unions in Tirupur gave a call for a dawn-to-dusk strike on February 22.

Following the call, as the units ceased their operations, the business activities in the knitwear city of Tirupur came to a halt, which resulted in a loss of Rs 450 million.

Bleaching units in the town each day process around one lakh kg of fabric, while the dyeing units do it for around four lakh kgs of fabric. However, a major section of the industry believes that it is practically not possible to attain zero liquid discharge (ZLD), and thus alternate ways to curtail pollution like marine discharge are being considered, but no sizeable developments except for discussion have yet materialized.

The industrialists believe that, whereas ZLD is virtually not possible they may opt for marine discharge, but this too may invoke legal action. However, an alternative to maintain total dissolved solid (TDS) below 2,100 levels was cited as an option. An industry segment even suggested that, like it is being done in Surat, the government may accumulate waste water and process the same by charging for the same.

The city which houses nearly five thousand garment units, each year exports garments worth Rs 100 billion and serves as a source of employment for around four lakh workers.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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