Garment Industry: Special Exploitation Zone
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.