Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Indian unions to step up organising in textile sector
Indian unions to step up organising in textile sector
24
May '16
Courtesy: Industriall Union
Courtesy: Industriall Union
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in India discussed strategies and shared experiences of organising precarious workers in the textile, garment and leather sector, in a union building workshop earlier this month in Bangalore.

Organising precarious workers is a key priority for IndustriALL’s union building project in the textile, garment, shoe and leather sector in South Asia. Various initiatives taken by IndustriALL and its affiliates to combat precarious work and defend workers’ rights were discussed at the workshop, it said in a press release.

Winning workers’ confidence in unions is a major challenge faced by union organisers. Social security for precarious workers has been a key demand pursued by unions. In the absence of secure work, union intervention in enabling precarious workers to obtain government sponsored social security schemes have made a positive impact in organising workers.

In various places, unions are also facing challenges of dealing with factory closures, particularly tanneries, due to environmental regulations. Precarious workers are left with no compensation or alternative employment opportunities in such situations. Unions decided to take up factory closures on a case-by-case basis and fight for appropriate compensation and alternative employment opportunities for precarious workers.

Participants also discussed the benefits and drawbacks of industry-wide and company-specific collective bargaining agreements. Addressing the workshop Apoorva Kaiwar, regional secretary of IndustriALL urged participants to build union power at plant level. She said: “In today’s scenario the textile, garment and leather industry is witnessing a rapid growth, but the workforce is facing the serious challenges of precarious jobs. Migrant, young and women workers are becoming the face of the workforce in this sector and we need to organise them in a way suitable to the next generation workers.”

Details of IndustriALL’s global framework agreements with H&M and Inditex and the means to use them to defend workers rights in their supply chain were highlighted in the workshop.

Key union partners of the project SEWA, NTGLWF, INTWF, INGLWF, HMS NCR, TWFI and INTUC Kolkata took part in the workshop.

Participants resolved to bring more precarious workers into the trade union fold, IndiustriAll said in the release. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 8th Dec 2016

Cabinet okays reforms to boost jobs in made-ups sector

The Union Cabinet chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi has given...

Textiles | On 8th Dec 2016

R&D is key to textile industry’s growth: Kavita Gupta

Research and development is the key to the growth of the textiles...

Textiles | On 8th Dec 2016

China’s economy on track to meet growth expectations

China’s GDP has grown at 6.7 per cent in the first three quarters of...

Interviews View All

Nuno Venda
ROQ

‘There has been an increase in demand for water based inks, rather than...

Karan Suratwala
Key Textile Accessories Private Limited

Chinese imports are destroying the supply chain

Claudia Kersten
Global Organic Textile Standard

‘GOTS is a very efficient supply chain management tool, especially for...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
December 2016

December 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


Advanced Search