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/