Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, Apr 03, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
Tamil Nadu
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

Tamil Nadu - Coimbatore Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Powerloom jobworkers' plea on wages

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, APRIL 2. The jobworking powerloom owners in the district have expressed concern over the reduction of wages implemented by some powerloom textile manufacturers in this region during the last few days.

The secretary of the Coimbatore District Jobworking Powerloom Owners' Association, P. Kumaraswamy, said that nearly 90 per cent of the total powerloom units in the district (mainly in Somanur, Palladam, Mangalam, Thekkalur areas) undertook jobwork. Each unit had a minimum of six looms.

The units in Somanur normally produced 400 metres of fabric per loom every week. However, that has come down to about 300 metres now owing to the slump in market.

He said that the jobworkers in Somanur were receiving approximately Rs. 1.50 a metre as wages which varied according to the type of fabric produced. In some other places, it was even Rs. 2 to Rs. 2.25 a metre. Usually the jobworking units and the textile manufacturers entered into a three-year wage agreement.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that though the existing agreement expired last year, a new one had not been signed so far. However, during the last one month, some of the textile manufacturers in the region had reduced the wages by 10 paise a metre. Though this was expected to be a temporary move, Mr. Kumaraswamy lamented that about one-third of the wages was paid towards power cost and another one-third towards labour cost.

He said that the wages should not be reduced any further as it would hit the job-working units. During a recent meeting of the association, the units expressed concern over the reduction in wages and pleaded to the manufacturers not to bring it down further.

Meanwhile, the powerloom textile manufacturing sources said that the reduction was only a "temporary" move and the wages would go up once the market picked up.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Tamil Nadu

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu