Indian clothing factories resumed production eight weeks ago as the country’s coronavirus restrictions were eased, but they have kept their creches shut, leaving working parents in the lurch and forcing some to give up their jobs.
Radha, whose children are four and six, worked just 20 shifts during May and June heading to the factory when her husband’s income as a daily wage worker was not sufficient to cover the household expenses.
“I stayed home for days but then there wasn’t much to feed my children and no money to pay rent and bills. So I left them alone, prayed they would be safe and went to cover samsung galaxi tab 4 work,” she said.
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India’s multi million custodia iphone 4s nera dollar cover samsung j7 2017 garment industry, which employs at least 12 million people, is reeling from the impact of the pandemic, which led many global brands to cancel orders or demand steep discounts as store closures battered their sales.
Across Asia, thousands of workers have suffered job cuts and unpaid wages as a result, with campaigners warning of cover samsung galaxy trend 2 lite minions a mass rollback of labour rights in the garment sector.
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The vast majority of India’s garment workers are women, who generally take responsibility for childcare. Many are single mothers or get little babysitting help from their husbands. “In the name of safety, managements have targeted working mothers and left many with no choice but to quit. The decision has pushed thousands of cover samsung galaxy s3 in silicone women with toddlers into deep crisis,” said union leader Saroja Kannappa.
‘The closure is flip cover samsung s2 illegal’ “[The] closure of creches is illegal and violates a worker’s basic rights,” said Kannappa, custodia cover huawei p8 who is general secretary of the cover samsung j600 2018 women led Garment Labour Union, which has some 6,000 members. Manufacturers said the closure of on site nurseries was a precautionary measure that responded to concerns about the safety of workers and their children.
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Under Indian labour laws, factories with more than 30 women employees have to provide a creche for children under six, but it is unclear when they might reopen. “It is mandatory and the government has not given any instructions to the contrary. We are trying to see how we can reconcile custodia cover samsung a40 these problems,” said Maheshwar Rao, principal secretary of the Karnataka state labour department.
A helpline run by Karnataka’s labour department has received more than 4,000 calls from workers who have lost their jobs or have not been paid during the last two months.
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