Court orders 30% pay hike for garment workers

CHENNAI: A court has ordered a pay rise of up to 30% for garment workers in Tamil Nadu, the first minimum wage hike in more than 12 years.

But lawyers for 500 clothing manufacturers and exporters, who supply many international brands, said the new wages would be “practically impossible” to introduce given the tough global market conditions. Under the ruling, workers would see their pay rise from a monthly average of Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,500 – which campaigners say is comparable to wages for textile jobs in most other states.

“It is a huge victory in a long drawn (out) battle to get workers their due,” said Sujata Mody of Penn Thozhilalargal Sangam, a women’s workers’ union. “Workers have been living in impoverished conditions with inflation and prices on the up.”

Campaigners demanded the state government ensure immediate compliance with the court ruling by textile firms.

This article originally appeared in the Times of India on July 21, 2016.

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