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Agitating Surat embroidery workers seek minimum wages, weekly off, other benefits

By Our Representative
Following police lathicharge and firing on Surat embroidery workers (click HERE), labour union representatives held a meeting with factory owners’ association in the presence of of the Commissioner of Police, where the demand was put forward to provide workers minimum wages and better working conditions. Held in the meeting hall of the Surat Police Commissioner's office, those who were present included representatives of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Gujarat.
During the meeting, in which Gujarat state labour department officials were also present, the labour leaders said, violent instances in the city are unfortunate, but the misrepresentation and misbehaviour of the factory owners is also responsible for workers' agitation.
A charter of demands put forward by labour leaders, which included strict implementation of labour laws, which are allegedly being violated in 90% of embroidery factories; a weekly off; double the wages to those willing to work on the off day; minimum wages for eight hours of work; double the wages for any extra hours; and provision of identity card, ESI benefit, provident fund, bonus, salary slip.
A memorandum was submitted at the end of the meeting, which demanded the Gujarat state labour department to give instructions to the factory owners for implementing their demands.

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