Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), an alliance working for the workers, has issued a report and blamed a leading Indian apparel exporter for extreme labour violations in a factory situated in Andhra Pradesh.
The factory, reportedly, produces garments for a US-based leading brand.
Apparel Resources has approached the export house to know its side on the alleged violations.We will update as and when we get response.
In a statement, AFWA said that the fact-finding report details a wide range of labour rights violations, including gender-based violence and harassment at the factory.
“These violations include the management’s refusal to pay statutory minimum wages, retaliation against workers for their five-day protest, and oppressive working conditions ranging from gender-based violence and harassment and inhuman production targets, to lack of sufficient ventilation, sanitary toilets and workplace-induced health issues and industrial injuries from accidents. The report highlights at least four statutory violations and innumerable unfair labour practices,” the statement said.
The report cites testimonies from 18 workers from the factory.
“It is unacceptable that one of the largest apparel exporters of the country engages in statutory violations, unfair labour practices and retaliation against its workers,” said Aman Khan, India Coordinator, Asia Floor Wage Alliance.