Textile Employees Union (INTUC) workers have been protesting against the National Textile Corporation (NTC) for not paying its management and mill staff their salaries during the lockdown. From March onwards, these mill workers have been paid only a fraction of their salaries and the management staff have not got their salaries for the month of June. This is despite the central government ordering all employers to pay full wages during the lockdown.
The annual budget for payment of salaries is Rs 350 crore, which means NTC requires Rs 29.16 crore monthly for salaries. There are 300 management employees and 7,200 mill staff working with NTC. In March, when the first lockdown was announced, the workers of NTC got only 75 per cent of their salaries. In April, they got 60 per cent and in May only 40 per cent of their salaries.
In March, the workers were only paid for the days that they worked. The average salary of a mill worker is Rs 8,000. They have not been paid for the month of June and are worried about the amount they will get this month. have been protesting in Tamil Nadu and Mumbai for full payment of the salary.