On July 13, 2016, the Tamilnadu High Court ordered garment factories in and around Chennai to uphold the minimum wage for garment workers, overturning stay orders that had kept the wage stagnant for years. This mandate did not appear out of nowhere, but was the culmination of years of struggle by labour union activists, including the Garment and Fashion Workers Union (GAWFU), an independent trade union affiliated to NTUI. Presently, despite the court ruling, fewer than 5% of the factories have actually implemented the minimum wage, and so the struggle continues.
Thozhilalar Koodam teamed up with GAWFU to make short comic explaining the struggle and its current objectives. We hope it can be used as a resource to help understand the current struggle for a living wage in India, along with our previous feature on the Minimum Wages Act.
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The Story of the Export Garment Workers’ Wage by Thozhilalar Koodam Blog and NTUI is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://tnlabour.in/?p=4387.