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Basic pay should be revised upward by 50 p.c.
Demand for house rent allowance component
Tirupur: The trade unions like Marumalarchi Labour Front (MLF), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) have come forward with the demand for substantive hike in the basic salaries and perks of textile workers when their wages were to be revised this month.
The unions were of the opinion that the basic pay should be revised upward at least by 50 per cent considering the steep rise in living standards.
MLF district secretary S. Muthukumaraswami said that his union had put forward a demand for introducing house rent allowance (HRA) component in the salaries of the workers in Tirupur knitwear cluster since the house rentals were very high in the region when compared to other industrial hubs in the State.
“We have asked for a minimum monthly HRA of Rs. 800 and also fuel allowances for those employees who come in motorcycles to the companies,” he added.
The CITU had demanded that overtime allowance for working on holidays as well as for every additional hour worked beyond the routine shifts should be disbursed to the workers.
The health insurance coverage for the entire gamut of workforce in the cluster was one of the major demands raised by AITUC district secretary C. Palanisamy.
Mr. Muthukumaraswami said that the MLF had suggested for disbursal of educational assistance to the children of workers on a yearly basis. “Adequate social security for workers is lacking in the cluster,” he added.
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