Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU) has urged the industry to support workers in these difficult times arisen out of COVID-19 outbreak. In a statement, the leading trade union of South India has urged the textile and apparel industry to give workers paid leaves.
Thivya, State President, TTCU, informed “There are thousands of textile and apparel factories and its allied industries in Tamil Nadu especially in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Dindigul and Erode. Around 1 million workers, who are working in these factories, need to be sent to their homes with 15 days of paid leave.”
She further added that the pay loss for the industries needs to be compensated by the foreign brands and local brands, which make larger profit in their business.
The trade union has submitted the demands to various trade associations of textile and apparel industries like Tamil Nadu Spinning Mills Association (TASMA), Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) and Southern India Spinning Mills Association (SIMA).
As far as loss of the industry is concerned, the union added that in rectifying the production loss of the industry, it has urged the State Government of Tamil Nadu to cancel the electricity bill of the industry for 3 months. The Central Government should come forward to give a complete exemption for the industries from GST for 3 months.