Members of various trade unions attached to leather tanneries in the district announced an indefinite strike from the end of the month, seeking wage hike and bonus benefits, among other demands.
A decision to this effect was taken at the consultative meeting held on Wednesday, chaired by the the district president of CITU M P Ramachandran.
Representatives of AITUC, INTUC, ATP and other trade unions took part in the meeting. Ramachandran said despite talks with the labour department in Chennai on over 10 occasions, tannery owners had not accepted their demands.
“The trade unions have decided to go on indefinite strike from July 30 to press our demands,” he added. The unions had also decided to issue strike notice to the tanneries. They would campaign and hold meetings in Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Pernambut, Ranipet and Visharam areas on July 22 and 23. On July 26 and 29, workers attached to various trade unions would protest in Vaniyambadi, Ambur and Ranipet, he said.
In spite of all this, if no agreement is reached, the unions would resort to indefinite strike, he added.