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Taking Liberties - Systematic Exploitation in Indian Garment Hub

Herausgeber: Labour Behind the Label, War on Want

Schlagwörter: Indien, Arbeitsbedingungen, Unternehmensverantwortung, Ethical Trading Initiative


A new report details the extremely poor working conditions in Gurgaon, India, one of the main centers of garments production in Asia.
The battle to obtain wages high enough to ensure a dignified and decent life is being fought by hundreds of thousands of mainly women garment workers in some of the poorest countries in the world.
The Taking Liberties report reveals that this struggle goes far deeper than the problem of poverty wages. Temporary contracts, systematic exclusion from social security benefits, repression of trade union organising and problems in accessing state provision of basic services mean workers have the most basic of social and economic liberties taken from them.  
Our researchers found that workers in the Indian city of Gurgaon are subject to systematic exploitation, violence and repression, long and stressful working hours, casual employment relationships, and exclusion from the social rights, protection and benefits they should be entitled to. Workers spoke of living in a climate of fear and insecurity, where their everyday choices are limited by the contractors, factory owners, landlords, and authorities who control all aspects of their lives.
These workers are not producing for the low cost, fast fashion and supermarket brands normally associated with such appalling conditions. Instead they make garments for some of the more well-respected brands on the UK high street. M&S, Debenhams, Arcadia, Monsoon and NEXT were all named by workers as major buyers from the factories where they worked. All, except Arcadia, are members of the Ethical Trading Initiative and all sell clothing at a price which should allow for a living wage and decent working conditions.  However, as this report shows, the workers of Gurgaon see no benefit from producing better quality, higher priced clothing for our high street.

Erscheinungsjahr: keine Angabe

Umfang: 20 Seiten

Sprache: Englisch

Zielgruppe: Erwachsene

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