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Coimbatore, Aug. 30

THE Tirupur Exporters' Association has denied that it had made any representation either to the Prime Minister or to the Central Government seeking introduction of contract labour in garment industry.

The TEA has in this connection dubbed the agitation made by the members of the CITU affiliated unions in front of the TEA building at Tirupur as an `attempt' by the CITU leaders to misguide the workers about the TEA stand on contract labour.

Making a clarification on this issue, the TEA president, Mr A. Sakthivel, has in a statement said that only the apparel export promotion council (AEPC) had made a representation at national level to bring in some labour reforms without affecting the workers rights and privileges.

Even in this, it had suggested that employers be permitted to engage workers for a two-hour overtime daily.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 31, 2005)
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