PR Newswire / DesignLookOut.com / National Academy for Dalit / Rights for People / SME Times / Bahujan News / EthicalQuote.com, 20/21-5-2011
Exploited Dalit Girls Produce Garments in India for European and US Markets
Companies Have Taken Steps, But Exploitation Remains Widespread
original article PR Newswire (May 20, 2011)
original article Rights for People (May 20, 2011)
original article Bahujan News (May 20, 2011)
original article EthicalQuote.com (May 20, 2011)
original article SME Times (May 20, 2011)
original article DesignLookOut.com (May 21, 2011)
original article National Academy for Dalit (NAD) (May 21, 2011)
The promised sum is not a bonus, but is made up of withheld wages. In a number of documented cases girls have not received the lump sum they were entitled to, despite having completed the contractual three year period.
The girls' freedom of action is severely restricted with guards keeping a constant eye on them. They are compulsory accommodated in basic dormitories, often within the compound of the factory. This also means workers hardly have a chance to get in touch with trade unions or advocacy groups.
SOMO and ICN have shared drafts of the report with the companies that are named in the report. Several companies have responded with detailed feedback that has been processed in the final version of the report.