Garment factory workers of Bengaluru have not been paid revised dearness allowance (DA) for 19 months with the industries citing a Government order that has been stayed by the High Court to deny them the rightful dues.
As per media report, the DA was revised for 2020-21 as per the consumer price index points.
Workers’ union of the city, The Garment and Textile Factory Workers’ Union (Gatwu), said the State Government issued an order in July last year postponing the revised DA following a demand from the garment factory managements.
Jayaram KR of Gatwu said, “Despite the stay order, the managements have not paid the workers the revised amount and owe Rs. 7,098 in arrears to each of the 4.2 lakh workers.”
The Union has demanded the Government to take immediate action to enforce payment of DA to all workers.
GATWU is a grassroots-union that organises and fights for the rights of garment workers in Karnataka and has an active membership of over 5,000.
The Government order, however, was stayed by the High Court in September 2020 after trade unions challenged it.
It can be mentioned here that Bengaluru is India’s major apparel manufacturing hub and around 5 lakh workers are working here in thousands of garment factories. Majority of these workers are women.