Cel­e­brat­ing Labour Day: In­dus­try's ini­tia­tives

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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.

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