Trade unions affiliated to parties such as the CPI, CPI(M), Congress and the DMK have called for a day-long strike on November 23 to protest against the Centre’s demonetisation scheme in and around Tirupur — the knitwear capital of India. The proposed strike is expected to make an impact on the readymade garment exporters.
Sources told FE that a majority of the exporting units under the Tirupur Exporters’ Association (TEA) are not expected to take part in the strike. However, being a labour-intensive sector, some units are expected to shut their shops to stay clear of any untoward incident, they added.
When contacted, TEA president Raja D Shanmugam accepted that the trade unions affiliated to some known parties have called for a strike, but said it won’t bring any solution to the current imbroglio. “Rather it will hurt those workers who take part in the strike,” he said.