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Coimbatore textile mills face labour shortage

05
Apr '10
Coimbatore, the textiles and engineering hub of South India is since the last 3-4 fortnights facing a glut of workers, ever since workers hailing from Northern India went back to their home-towns for the festival of Holi.

The problem is becoming more acute as there has been a demand growth in most of the sectors leading to better order positions among the units since the last few months and many of the workers have still not returned from their holidays.

The textile industry is not only facing a labour shortage, but is also witnessing a higher rate of drop-outs and absenteeism among workers. Despite a wage hike in vicinity of around Rs 50-70 per day, textile mills are finding it difficult to attract workers.

In an exclusive interview to fibre2fashion, Mr V Regurajan, Joint Secretary (Legal) in the Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) said, “High industrial growth and imbalance of supply and demand position, has resulted in labour shortage.

“Apart from that as far as the spinning mills are concerned, they have been recruiting people with low level education i.e., between sixth standard and tenth standard, however since many people now are opting for higher education, availability of people with low level education is restricted”.

He concluded by saying, “The impact of labour shortage will clearly mean increase in wages and more welfare facilities will have to be created to attract workers, which will ultimately lead to increase in costs for the spinning mills”.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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