Multi-stakeholder initiative planned for textile sector

About 20 non-governmental organisations met here on Friday and Saturday and planned to form a multi-stakeholder forum - including manufacturers, government officials and overseas buyers - to ensure safety and welfare measures for women workers in textile and clothing units in the State.

Representatives of some of the NGOs told presspersons here on Saturday that buyers, manufacturers, trade unions, experts, voluntary organisations and the Government can work together to address some of the issues related to employment of women workers in textile mills and garment units.

They will focus on safety of workers, wages, welfare measures and mobility.

The forum will have a common minimum programme and ensure that worker safety is a focus area at all units in the textile and clothing segment.

Employment of young women under various schemes in these units and employment of child workers and camp labour have resulted in India losing orders to neighbouring countries.

While it is important to generate jobs for those coming from rural areas, their safety, wages and welfare should be ensured. This can be done through joint efforts and discussions. Such common forums function in Bangladesh, Indonesia and some European countries.

The consultation process has just started for the initiative, the representatives said.

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