India’s clothing workers: ‘They slap us and call us dogs and donkeys’
Many workers in Indian factories earn so little that an entire month’s wages would not buy a single item they produce. Physical and verbal abuse is rife, while female workers who fail to meet impossible targets say they are berated, called “dogs and donkeys”, and told to “go and die”. Many workers who toil long hours in an attempt to support their families on poverty wages claim they are cheated out of their dues by their employers. The allegations, which will be of concern to household names including Gap, H&M, Next, and Walmart, were made at a human rights tribunal in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru. The “national people’s tribunal for living wages and decent working conditions for garment workers” was convened to investigate widespread human rights abuses in the garment industry.