The Erode Textile Merchants Association called a one-day strike on Friday against the increase in GST (goods and services tax) from 5 per cent to 12 per cent. Where more than 4,000 textiles wholesale, retail shops and textile producers and merchants dealing with yarn in the closed shutter as a part of strike.
President of Erode Cloth Merchants Association Kalaiselvan said the textile industry and its allied industries into weaving, dyeing, printing and textile trading are already facing problems of yarn price hike and pollution.
Now, the hike in GST would affect the manufacturing and sale of textile goods. In order to draw the attention of the Union government to the GST, the textile industry went on strike, the president added.
Further, traders body CIAT has also demanded withdrawal of the increased rate of GST immediately. CAIT has decided to launch a mega agitation against such arbitrariness. whereas, trade organisations of all types of trade, workers, employees associated with them will also participate in it.