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Over two lakh powerlooms fall silent in Coimbatore belt

PTI  Coimbatore, August 05, 2009
First Published: 20:06 IST(5/8/2009) | Last Updated: 20:09 IST(5/8/2009)

Over two lakh powerlooms in Tirupur and Coimbatore districts fell silent as the owners began an indefinite strike from Wednesday protesting "breach of a wage agreement" by textile producers.

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The striking powerloom owners are also demanding waiver of penalty imposed by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board for non-payment of power bills.

Powerloom Owners Association sources said the textile producers were paying 10 per cent less than the agreed wages for job works done on meter basis, resulting in losses to the powerloom units, working round the clock.

The units, spread over Karumathampatti, Palladam, Avanashi and Somanur, employed around one lakh workers and were producing more than two lakh metres of cloth daily, worth over Rs.15 crore, for use in the textile industry, the sources said.


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