Labourers’ stir ends

Children stand next to a labourer working on the banks of river Ganges as they are silhouetted against the setting sun in the northern Indian city of Allahabad July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/Files

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 28

The two-day strike of skilled, semi-skilled artisans and labourers, working in the powerloom sector, concluded here today.

The Textile Mazdoor Union, the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) jointly called the strike.

Amarjit Singh Asal, secretary, Punjab AITUC, said the association of powerloom owners did not reciprocate their call to hold a meeting to discuss the hike in wages. He said workers’ associations decided to hold a three-day strike from June 14.

Thousands of skilled, semi-skilled artisans and labourers working on Powerloom sector, which is mainstay of textile industry here, are demanding hike to the tune of at lest 25 per cent in their wages. The protesters said they were peeved over the attitude of the industrialists.

It has been a tradition with associations of the workers and powerloom owners to periodically hold a meeting to develop a consensus on quantum of hike. The previous such contract had expired on November 30, 2016. The worker unions issued a notice to powerloom industrial units for a talk on revision of labourers’ wages, but got no response.


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