Shortage of skilled workers often becomes a challenge for many garment manufacturing units and such units attract workers through various incentives.
Now, a garment factory near Karuvampalayam in Tamil Nadu is offering a gold ring to overlock operators who join this unit and stay with the company for at least 8 to 10 months.
As per a report published in The New Indian Express, a leading English daily, Kumar put up posters in various places in the district offering a gold ring. He said, “Earlier, I used to get orders from big companies; however, for the past several months, there is a scarcity of tailors in the district. This eventually began to affect my delivery of goods on time and those working too left the job for various reasons.”
He further told that he got order with a tight deadline but despite several promises such as weekly payments of up to Rs. 6,000, no worker showed up. He also approached manpower agencies and got a few workers from other districts, but that wasn’t sufficient. It forced him to come up with this lucrative option of offering gold ring. However, despite the offer, none has responded till now.
Raja Shanmugham, President, Tiruppur Exporters Association (TEA) said, “Small garment units desperate to find tailors gave such advertisements. These fancy offers are given by small units sometimes after they fall short of operators and this is never done by big established units.”
Such offers are not new for workers as recently another unit in this city, offered two litres of petrol for overlock operators arriving from distant villages of Tirupur.
It is important to mention here that overlock operators are in demand in Tirupur as due to recent pandemic-related development, lot of migratory workers have not come back from these villages. In smaller units, most of these workers are provided with a weekly salary, as they do not stick with the units.