Tamar Knitting Mills has stood down its workforce, while still owing its 15 employees around $35,000 in entitlements, the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Union told the Tasmania Mercury. The Launceston textiles institution halted production on November 3, but owner Ian Thompson was hopeful production would resume soon. He said workers would be signing their "death certificates" if they pushed for their entitlements. "We would have to shut our doors," Mr Thompson said.