<p>Even as the negotiations are still on between Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association (ATMA) and Textile Labour Association (TLA) for wage hike of textile workers, the same may be settled for a Rs 2,000 per month.
"We are yet to meet for a final negotiations. While we have been pushing for Rs 2,500 per month which amounts to 40 per cent hike, ATMA has been informally offering a final settlement around Rs 1,800-2,000 per month. Since a final meeting is yet to take place, we are ready to negotiate," said Amar Barot, general secretary of TLA. While ATMA represents the textile mills in Ahmedabad, TLA is representative body of textile workers.
Both the parties are likely to meet early next week for negotiations.
The ATMA-TLA negotiations have been on since Monday after the striking textile workers in Ahmedabad resumed work and ended the four week strike. Earlier during the negotiations, TLA had demanded an interim relief of Rs 1,600 per month till a dispute in the industrial court was resolved. However, now ATMA is learnt to have offered an out-of-court offer of Rs 1,800-2,000 per month final wage hike.
Further, ATMA has also laid down certain conditions like fixed 30 minutes break from work, non-extension of employment beyond retirement age of 60 years and productivity-linked wage structure.
On June 4, around 200 workers at Arvind's Naroda plant went on a strike. The plant, which employs 3,400 workers, and primarily produces denim fabrics, later saw over 3,000 workers joining the strike, followed by similar strikes at Ankur, Ashima and Asarwa mills in the city.
After four weeks of strike almost across the industry in Ahmedabad, last week TLA office bearers along with 50 representatives of Arvind and Ankur Mills' striking workers had met Arvind Ltd.'s management wherein the labour body had requested to take back the terminated workers.
"These 50 representatives have requested the management to take back all the terminated workers and they all would like to come back to work unconditionally. So, Arvind’s management has agreed to take them back from tonight itself. Arvind will withdraw the termination of all employees but they will hold an enquiry against the striking workers. As usual, Arvind’s approach to these workers will be sympathetic," Arvind Ltd. had said in an official statement earlier.
The workers had called for strike demanding an immediate 40 per cent wage hike despite TLA having filed a petition against ATMA in an industrial court in October for the same. While striking terminated workers at Arvind and Ankur requested the management to re-induct them at their Naroda and Raipur plants, workers at Ashima and Asarwa mills resumed work later as well.