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Nov 11, 2009

SIMA to draft code of conduct for women..

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) is drafting a code of conduct for employing women in textile mills.Association chairman J. Thulasidharan told presspersons here on Tuesday that the code of conduct would cover a range of issues such as minimum take home wages, safety and security measures for the workers, welfare measures, and facilities provided in the hostels. The association was trying to have third-party certification for the implementation of the code.

The textile mills in the State provided employment to about five lakh workers and two-third of them were women. The mills usually employed these workers as apprentices for a three-year period. Some units gave them the option to continue as permanent workers after the apprenticeship period.With reports that some of the mills were not providing adequate facilities and wages to these workers, the SIMA chairman said the association constituted a committee recently to draft the code of conduct. The programme would be finalised in a couple of months. The mills would have the option to follow the code of conduct and get a certification, he said.

Further, Mr.Thulasidharan said the association had written to the State and Central Governments seeking ban on cotton exports.

About 50 per cent of the cotton arrivals in the market since October 1 were covered by exporters. Cotton prices had shot up during the last two weeks though the current cotton season (September–October) had just begun and the country had a carry over stock of 72 lakh bales during the end of the last season.The domestic mills were unable to get quality cotton at affordable prices.

During the last one week, the mills had sent fax and telegram messages to the State and Union Governments seeking ban on cotton exports at least till March next year.A national-level delegation would meet the Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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