One of the main features of the making of labour market of Tiruppur, an industrial town located near the cotton belt in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and known around the world for its textile and apparel industries, is its industrial relations, which have played a substantial role in the history of its industrial development. For instance, Chari (2004) remarks that the rich industrial geography of Tiruppur has been shaped by a vibrant history of unionism and popular struggle, while one of Cawthorne’s (1993, p. 69) most interesting findings at the time of her fieldwork in the 1980s was that active, and to some extent, successful struggles by workers and unions had taken place. It is not an overstatement to say that any study of the development of the apparel industry of Tiruppur needs to take into account its industrial relations. After all, the initial stage of industry’s development in Tiruppur had very much to do with the labour disputes (i.e. strikes) in the neighbouring towns of Salem and Madurai; this led to the location shift of the industry to Tiruppur in the 1930s.
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