GATWU protests Illegal arrest of workers

Bengaluru, 1 May 2016: The Garments and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) held demonstrations against illegal arrest of workers demanding immediate release and withdrawal of all cases, including attempt to murder, against about 200 workers connected to the protests against the change in the EPF rules at various locations in and around Bangalore city on May Day that culminated in a celebration at Freedom Park for their victory.

About 41 cases were registered for violence on 19 April, all of which included attempt to murder and 236 persons were arrested and are imprisoned at Parappana Agrahara Central Prison. Cases registered on 18 April however have been booked under rioting sections. The workers are unable to get bail as they have been booked for severe non-bailable offences.

The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. Siddaramaiah, assured representatives of the garment workers that he will consult the police and initiate measures to withdraw cases booked against them.

GATWU is also demanding an increase in the minimum wage of garment workers to Rs. 18,000 as per the Seventh Pay Commission recommendation.