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Stir effect:Work has come to a halt at utensil-making units at Anupparpalayam in Tirupur. —
Tirupur: The workers' indefinite strike in the stainless steel utensils cluster at Anupparpalayam will continue as the wage talks between the utensil manufacturers and trade unions held in the presence of Labour Department officials on Thursday failed to resolve the deadlock.
The next round of talks had been scheduled for January 4.
The trade unions stuck to their demand for a 65 per cent hike on the existing basic pay while the unit owners said they could not give more than 17 per cent.
On the request of labour officials, the trade unions said that they could ease a bit on the scale of revision provided the manufacturers first relax their stance and show inclination to give more than 17 per cent hike.
However, the manufacturers did not budge to the demand of the trade unionists.
The trade unions refuted the claims of manufacturers that substantive hike in wages would not be possible since it could mean that the end price of products should have to be raised making them uncompetitive against the utensils made of fibre glass and plastic in the market.
“Such claims by the manufacturers is not portraying the real picture as the present prices itself ensures them huge profit margins and they were able to produce about three tonnes of utensils everyday from the cluster,” CITU assistant district secretary K. Rangaraj told The Hindu later.
In the talks, representatives of AITUC, CITU, Anna Thozhilalar Peravai, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sabha, Labour Progressive Front and Kamatchi Amman Patra Sangam, and office-bearers of Stainless Steel Utensils Manufacturers Association M. Rayappan, B. Manohar and S. Velusamy, attended.
The Deputy Labour Commissioner, P. Marimuthu, and the Assistant Labour Commissioner, S. Mariappan, were the officials who mediated the talks.
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