Celebrating Labour Day: Industry's initiatives
On International Workers’ Day or Labour Day (1st May), some developments and celebrations were noticed in the garment industry. Many export houses across India had declared holiday for its workers as well as for its middle- and seniorlevel professionals, while many others continued their work as usual. Few factories in Noida asked workers to work on this day, but after workers’ protest they made it ‘optional working’ and declared it as a ‘paid working day’. Celebrating the day, some of the factories organized small events for their workers, motivating them through various activities. Creatnet Services, a Noida-based buying house, to show appreciation to its sampling and production teams, organized a trip for its bead workers, tailors and embroiderers along with their families to enjoy the day-off at the Sunder Nursery Gardens in Delhi.
In Madurai, Justice Shivaraj
V Patil Foundation and Textile Workers Union, Madurai launched awareness campaign on securing living wages and decent working conditions for female garment workers in Tamil Nadu. Addressing the launch programme, P Muthuraja. General Secretary, Madurai District Textile Workers Federation said that many spinning mills and garment factories make the workers toil for more than 14 hours, defeating the cause.
They work for longer periods for lesser wages. Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), releasing its report, ‘Breaking the Silence: The FWF Violence and Harassment Prevention Programme’, said that violence and harassment in the world of work is a widespread issue in the garment industry, especially against women. Recognising the importance of tackling this issue at the factory level, they launched the programme to address and prevent violence and harassment in the world of work.