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Garment workers one day Karnataka state wide strike

by Garment Workers Union Bangalore, 29 October 2008

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Dear friends,

The Garment Workers Union Bangalore has planned one day Karnataka state wide strike on 5th of November 2008. Above one million workers will
stop work on 5th of November in Bangalore city, Bangalore rural,
Ramanagara District, Kolar, Tumkur and Hassan districts.

Major demands are as follows:

1) The minimum wage of Garment workers should be fixed for Rs. 6,000/-
Per month and there should be a yearly increase of 10%. Employers
should consider service as main criteria in increments.
- 2) Basic infrastructure should be developed in all Industrial areas
where Garment manufacturing units centralized.
- 3) All employers should recognize the trade unions in their units.
- 4) Should take necessity steps to prevent the atrocities on workers
specially women workers.
- 5) Buying companies should increase the present rates on their orders.
- 6) Government should initiate a high power committee to monitor the
production target in the garment sector.
- 7) Government should provide housing for garment workers.
- 8) Government should provide skill based trainings for garment workers
and unemployed youth.
- 9) Employers should implement the provisions of factories act 1948 to
ensure the safe work place.

Workers will stop the work on 5th of November and do a symbolic
protest in front of Mahathma Gandhi Statue in M G road. Memorandums
will be submitted to the chief minister of Karnataka and other ministers.

Supporting organizations:
- INTUC, Karnataka Labour Federation (KLF), Karunaada Sena, Jaya
Karnataka, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, All Karnataka Shivaraj Kumar
Fans Association, Labour cell, Karnataka Cinema workers Federation,
The private Security guards union and others.

N M Muthappa
- General Secretary.