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Powerloom workers stir affects seizing and processing industries

Posted on Jan 31, 10:49AM | UNI

Kolhapur, Jan 30 : The ongoing indefinite strike by powerloom workers in Ichalkaranji, a powerloom town of the district, has affected other industries like seizing and processing and causing losses of crores of rupees daily for these two industries.

Thousands of powerloom workers are on indefinite strike from January 21 for their various demands.

Deelip Dhokale, secretary of Seizing Association, said about 130 seizing factories were closed from January 21 and as a result,about 2,300 workers of these factories were rendered unemployed. Due to the stoppage of work, business transactions worth about Rs six crore have now been stopped, he said.

While in processing sector, the units of 26 hand processors and 25 gas strainters were shut, while 50 per cent of 20 power processors were affected due to the ongoing strike of powerloom workers. Consequently, about 4,500 workers were rendered unemployed in this sector that has incurred losses to the tune of Rs 90 crore till today from January 21, said Giriraj Mohata, president of Western Maharashtra Processing Association.

According to B D Gujar, assistant labour commissioner, a joint meeting between powerloom workers and owners' representatives and a committee, appointed by Maharashtra labour minister Hasan Mushrif, will be held this evening to resolve the issue.