In Tennessee, garment workers are on strike in protest of rising cotton prices.

70% of garment units in and around Tirupur district closed down . 800 home textile manufacturing units in Karur halted production .

TirupurKarurErode: Textile manufacturing in Tamil Nadu came to a halt on Monday when the Tirupur and Karur production units put an end to a two-day strike requesting that the center reduce cotton and yarn prices.Erode cloth merchants organized a strike, with 70% of the 20,000-odd garment units in and around Tirupur district closing down, and 800 home textile manufacturing units in Karur halting production.Tirupur garment manufacturers said that the strike had hampered production and called for urgent measures by the Centre to curb the cotton price rise.As of Monday, the price of cotton was hovering around 1 lakh for a candy (356kg).

In May, the yarn price increased by 40 per kilogram for all counts.Since then, the textile industry has suffered a double blow as cotton as well as yarn prices have spiraled out of control.According to Robo D Ravichandran, secretary of the Tirupur Domestic Garments Manufacturers Association, the life of lakhs of people has become bleak as garment production ceases to be viable.According to him, the units reduced their production capacity by 50% well before the strike to compensate for the price hike.