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Karnataka

Condition of Garment Workers in Bangalore

Garment Industry: Special Exploitation Zone

Coutesy: The Hindu

There are over 1000 garment industries employing over 5 lakh workers (Statistics given by Garment & Textile Workers Union – GATWU). But according to conservative govt. figures there are only 787 units employing 3,55,000 workers out of which 85 – 90% are women. Most of these workers have come from rural areas with many of them even today coming from far off villages to the city to work. It normally takes many of these workers living in distant villages not less than two to two & a half hours to reach their workplaces. For workers traveling from villages of Mandhya & Kolar districts, the workers need to have early start at around 4:30 or 5 in the morning to catch the bus or rail to reach their workplaces. read more

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Domestic Workers: Struggle for Social Security Benefits

Coutesy: the Hindu

Globalization & the new economic policy have only benefited capitalism & their stooges in the Indian govt. Liberalization policy have only resulted in crores (millions) of organized workers being pushed out to the unorganized sector.

Of the 800 million (80 crore) unorganized workers, a significant part of them are domestic workers (over 100 million). From the age of 10 years to their ripe old age, we find women not only slaving in their homes but also working in the houses of the wealthy & the middle classes as the only other means for their livelihood. read more

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Condition of Agarbatti Workers in Bangalore

A Child Worker in an Unlicensed Agarbatti Unit

The incense stick (or popularly known as Agarbatti in India) used in every devout Hindu households for religious purposes, is today a highly marketed commodity both in India & abroad. But not much thought seems to have gone into how these agarbattis are produced or manufactured. With limited infrastructure such as a wooden board, availability of raw materials & with little amount of skill, virtually any unskilled worker can make agarbatti in any household or sheds. read more

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Garment Industry :Special Exploitation Zone

Courtesy: filipspagnoli.wordpress.com

The garment industry in Bangalore with about 1200 registered units employing over a half a million workforce and one of the biggest sources of exports in the country, but hardly is there any mention in the media on the living and working conditions of the workers who are the real makers of some of the  top brand clothing in the world. read more