Special Correspondent

Units told to provide free transport to

women staff

Bonus to all employees of the units recommended

BANGALORE: The Women and Child Welfare Committee of the State Legislature has noticed gross discrepancies in the functioning of readymade garment factories in Bangalore and has come out with six recommendations for improving the working conditions for women in the units.

The committee headed by Seema Ashok Masuti on Friday tabled its report in the Legislative Assembly and recommended to the managements of factories to increase minimum monthly wages of employees from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,000.

The panel members of both Houses of the legislature and officials visited Leela Scotish Lase Private Limited Unit -2, Global Garments, Gokuldas Images Private Limited in the city and noted that there was no salary difference between an employee of one year experience and 10 years of experience in the units. The panel told the managements to give salaries to women employees based on their experience.

It said that managements of all garment factories should provide free transport to women employees. Since a large number of women travel from a distant place to the factory, the managements should provide free transport facility to employees, the panel said.

The panel told managements to provide bonus to all employees of the factory without fail. The factories had been denying bonus and other incentives to employees. It also recommended to all garment factories to take steps to conduct union activities, sports and cultural programmes and library facility for employees.

Stating the link roads to factories had been too narrow and congested with potholes, the committee recommended to the government to take action against the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike officials for the neglect of roads and not filling up potholes.

As many as 862 women employees had been working in Leela Scotish Lase Private Limited Unit -2 and it had given Sunday holiday to all employees. It also granted 10 other holidays in a year for all employees. However, the factory has not nominated a non-governmental representative to the sexual harassment prevention committee, it said. The panel noticed gross mistakes in the appointment orders issued to employees by the Gokuldas Images Private Limited and said the appointment orders should clearly mention the date of joining and residential address of the employees.