Tirupur: Garment Units in Tn Strike Labor to Protest Cotton Price Rise | News from Coimbatore

Tirupur/Karur/Erode: Textile production in Tamil Nadu came to a screeching halt on Monday as production units in Tirupur and Karur went on a two-day strike to demand that the center lower cotton and yarn prices . The cloth merchants of Erode have joined the strike.
About 70 percent of some 20,000 garment units in and around Tirupur district have rolled down their shutters while in Karur, 800 home textile manufacturing units have suspended production. Garment makers in Tirupur said output to the tune of ₹360 crore had been hit due to the strike and called for immediate action from the Center to stop rising cotton prices.

On Monday, the price of cotton hovered around ₹1 lakh for one candy (356 kg). It was ₹57,000 in September last year. Similarly, the yarn price was increased by ₹40 per kilogram for all accounts in May.
“The garment industry has suffered a double whammy since cotton and yarn prices spiraled out of control. Livelihoods of thousands of people have become uncertain as garment production becomes unsustainable,” said Robo D Ravichandran, secretary of the Tirupur Domestic Garment Manufacturers Association. Even before the strike, the units reduced their production capacity by 50% to cope with the loss suffered due to rising prices, he said.

Michael O. Stutler