May 4, 2018
Coimbatore : Facing heavy labour shortage over the last decade, spinning mills started facing high attrition problems after increase in demand for migrant workers across the country.
Tamil Nadu, which accounts around 45 per cent of the spinning capacity, 70 per cent of the knitted garment manufacturing capacity and 22 per cent of the weaving capacity, directly employs over 60 lakh people and depends heavily on migrant workers from various States in the major clusters like Coimbatore, Tirupur, Dindigul. These workers comprise 30 to 90 per cent of the workforce.
To overcome attrition problems, Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) started direct recruitment from its formal placement cell, starting from Tripural since the mills faced numerous problems in sourcing, mobilising, recruiting and retaining the migrant workers for a reasonable period.
SIMA had written to the labour and employment departments of various States, I North Eastern ones. Tripura Government of Tripura responded immediately and came forward to extend all support for recruitment and organised an exclusive job fair with SIMA on April 25-26 last in Agartala.
Around 4,000 youths, both male and female, attended the fair and 1,371 males 264 females, including 20 physically challenged, were selected.
SIMA chairman P Nataraj appreciated the efforts taken by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb for his direct involvement in the job fair and recruitment process.
The association would soon come out with the code of conduct for employment of migrant workers as a proactive measure to make the system a grand success and also meet all the legal and social requirements, Natraraj said in a statement.