Have you ever looked beyond the brand name label on your clothes to consider the conditions in which they were made?
You’ve probably heard that garment workers in India are paid very low wages but did you ever imagine that the companies they work for would steal from these already low wages?! This is what is happening to garment workers in Gurgaon.
Workers have told us that they are not paid at the correct grade for the work they do, they are paid the single instead of double rate for the 50-60 hours of compulsory overtime they do each month, women are paid less than men for the same work and the money workers pay into social security funds disappears, leaving them unable to benefit from it. These are some of the ways in which wage theft takes place. Wage theft, on top of already low wages means that workers cannot survive on what they earn and go into debt in situations such as illness in their family or education for their children. We need your help to put an end to these illegal practices.
There are already laws in place to protect workers, now we need to ensure that these laws are enforced. Workers in Gurgaon are organising and have started a campaign to demand their rights. This petition gives consumers at the other end of the supply chain a chance to show solidarity with garment workers in Gurgaon and to support their struggle against wage theft as a step towards receiving a decent wage. To achieve this we need to remind brands, suppliers and the governments that consumers do care about the conditions in which our clothes are made.
For more information on the campaign please see http://vetanchoribandkaro.wordpress.com/
We are writing to you as workers, consumers, social activists, concerned citizens and members of the international community in support of the demands of workers’ in Gurgaon to stop wage theft by enforcing the provisions of The Minimum Wages Ac, 1948 and The Payment of Wages Act, 1936.
While it is very encouraging to see that India has strong labour laws in place, we are extremely disappointed to learn that these laws are not being enforced to the detriment of garment workers and their families in Haryana.
We are asking you to ensure that workers receive their grade according to their work and wages according to their grade, receive payment on time with a wage slip, ‘receive double rate for overtime work, receive their annual increment on time with arrears and that women workers receive the same wage for the same work as their male co-workers. We are asking that companies pay contributions to their workers’ Provident Fund and Employee State Insurance so that workers can benefit from their social security entitlements.
As Minister for Labour & Employment it is your responsibility to ensure that these laws are enforced. We are calling on you to take immediate and effective action to stop wage theft in Gurgaon.