‘Adopt pro-worker textile policy’

Garment Labourers’ Union has urged the government to safeguard the interests of lakhs of garment workers while adopting the new textile policy. The union alleged that the existing textile policies favour the employers and have failed to check the exploitation of garment workers.

Union president Rukmini D.L. told presspersons here on Friday that over five lakh garment workers, a majority of them women, are working in over 1,200 small, medium and large garments factories in Bangalore. They are subjected to exploitation, paid poorly and are not given statutory benefits. The union urged Labour Minister P.T. Parameshwara Naik to intervene and safeguard the interests of garment workers.

“We understand that a draft Textile Policy is ready and is all set to be tabled in the Cabinet. The new policy should be pro-worker and the Labour Department should monitor the functioning of garment factories, and action should be taken against the managements exploiting workers.”

The other demands of the union include fixation of minimum monthly wage at Rs. 12,000.

‘Fix minimum monthly wage at Rs. 12,000’

‘Set up a monitoring body to redress the atrocities against garment workers’