It is going to be 1 month since hundreds of workers of India’s leading apparel export house Gokaldas Exports (Euro Clothing Company-II (ECC) notably, an arm of Gokaldas) have been protesting against their layoffs.
These workers have been daily protesting outside the factory at Srirangapatna (Karnataka).
Around 1,300 workers (mostly women) of the company had been laid off and the plant is closed. It was also alleged by the workers that the company had paid only half-day salaries since last week of March.
It is being claimed by the workers that the logic of no orders for the closure of the plant is ‘totally false’ and the company is targeting unionised workers.
The Garment and Textile Workers’ Union (GATWU) is supporting workers for protest. As per union, factory management has pressurised the workers to resign, and so far around 400 workers have resigned as they don’t want to take any risk.
Notably, the company is shifting all the items from this plant.
Leading brand H&M also issued a statement in this regard a few days back and said that it is in touch with the factory to ensure issue is resolved peacefully. ECC II used to produce garments mainly for H&M.
It is pertinent to mention that having around 24,000 workers, Gokaldas Exports is associated with many well-known global brands and buyers. The company has around 20 manufacturing facilities.
The state’s Deputy Labour Commissioner is also looking into this matter, but the issue still remains unresolved.