Friday, November 27, 2020
Home News Reports International workers' rights organisation slams Sonam Kapoor's husband's company for assault and abuse of...

International workers’ rights organisation slams Sonam Kapoor’s husband’s company for assault and abuse of its workers

An international workers’ rights organisation has accused garment exporter Shahi Exports Ltd of beating, harassing its workers and carrying out a ‘vicious campaign’ of repression and retaliation against its workers’ exercise of fundamental labour rights.

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is an independent labour rights organisation based in the USA. The organisation mainly focuses on the labour rights and working conditions of garment workers who make garments for export into the USA, chiefly under the logo of Universities. As per the organisation’s claim, it attempts to address issues of bonded labour, child labour and safe working environment. Presently hundreds of universities, colleges and schools across the US, UK and Canada are affiliates of this organisation to ensure ethical practices in garment manufacturing.

The WRC report on Shahi Exports states that the company, in its Unit 8 factory in Bangalore, had carried out harassment, termination and expulsions of several employees over their exercise of fundamental labour rights. The report states that senior management of Shahi Exports had ordered beating, gender/religion based abuse, death threats and mass termination when the expelled 15 worker-activists from the Bangalore factory.

The report goes ahead to claim that Shahi Exports Ltd not only paid its workers 0.62 dollars per hour but also actively repressed the labour union’s attempts to organise and demand higher wages. In another allegation, the report also claims that Shahi Exports also successfully lobbied the Government of Karnataka against the scheduled increase in the minimum wage level for garment factory workers.

The report goes ahead to state that Shahi Exports is India’s largest garment exporter and is owned by the Ahuja family, whose elder son Anand Ahuja recently married Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor. Shahi Exports’ Unit 8 factory alone, reportedly has over 3000 workers. The company allegedly earns over 850 million USD in annual revenues.

The WRC, in its report, has also stated that even though they had contacted and informed about the alleged violations of the code of conduct by Shahi to its principal buyers, which includes names like Benetton, H&M, Decathlon, Tesco, GAP, Puma and Walmart, the company had refused to terminate the employees who participated in the harassment and is also not willing to recognise the labour union.

The report states that in through March-April, 2018, some workers of Shahi had joined with the Karnataka Garment Worker’s Union and were demanding better wages, working conditions and transport facilities form the company. WRC claims that Shahi had done surveillance, interrogation and attempted bribery on the workers.

The report also adds that Shahi had engaged in severe threats and intimidation (including threatening to terminate) and abuse of the workers associated with the union. Later, officials of the company had also allegedly beaten, abused and robbed the workers.

The report also states that the Shahi Exports management had also made a leading newspaper retract the published article on the violence meted out to its workers.

The WRC, in its report, has stated that they have contacted many Garment brands and universities who are the customers of Shahi and they have acknowledged the report. It adds that while Shahi has agreed to take some corrective measures as suggested by the report, it still needs to commit to the issues of taking disciplinary action on officials who participated in the harassment and recognising the worker’s union. Acting on the WRC report, Shahi has reportedly agreed to reinstate the terminated workers with due apology, provide back pay for the time lost, pay for medical expenses and has also agreed to compensate for the personal artefacts (jewellery, phone, watches) lost or damaged during the assault.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Minor gang-raped, forced conversion to Islam, threats, caste abuse: Details of 11 cases in which UP SIT, formed to probe Love Jihad, found criminality

To curb growing menace of Love Jihad, Kanpur police under guidance of the Yogi govt in Uttar Pradesh formed an SIT

Congress party’s Lucknow office locked by employees over non-payment of salaries, office-bearers blocked from entering the office

Protesting against the Congress party for unpaid salaries, the upset staffers and the employees locked up the gates of the Congress office

Aziz Burney’s ’26/11 RSS ki Saazish’: Read how the Congress-favourite Urdu journalist gave Pakistan a clean chit and blamed Indian Army

Through his articles, Burney had tried to give a clean chit to terror-state of Pakistan by claiming that it was not the ISI or LeT that was behind the attack, but the RSS with covert support from Mossad and the CIA.

Caravan Magazine asked us about our coverage on Wikipedia and its Left bias – Here is our detailed response

OpIndia coverage of Wikipedia lies started after Delhi Riots and Caravan Magazine, with its strong Left bias, is clearly not happy about it

‘Sant’ Rampal’s devotees have been flooding social media to tell Muslims how they don’t know Islam. Read bizarre details

Born in 1951 as Rampal Singh Jatin in Punjab, the 69-year-old self-styled godman is currently lodged in Hisar central jail for murder charges.

Odisha: Largest ever vigilance raid in state unearths massive wealth gathered by IFS officer, fancy cars, ultra-luxurious lifestyle

Pathak's family reportedly owns a lavish apartment in Bhubaneswar with Italian marble flooring, ivory furnitures and other luxuries. The son is engaged to an MLA's daughter.

Recently Popular

Odisha: Largest ever vigilance raid in state unearths massive wealth gathered by IFS officer, fancy cars, ultra-luxurious lifestyle

Pathak's family reportedly owns a lavish apartment in Bhubaneswar with Italian marble flooring, ivory furnitures and other luxuries. The son is engaged to an MLA's daughter.

Hyderabad elections: Owaisi makes ‘beef biriyani’ sly on BJP leaders, Raja Singh offers him pork biriyani

As an insult to BJP leaders, Owaisi had stated that they should have some biriyani at a particular hotel in Hyderabad that is famous for beef dishes.

Remembering the role Barkha Dutt played in endangering the lives of 100s of civilians during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack

A look back at how live coverage by journalists like Barkha Dutt and other journalists endangered lives of thousands of people during 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

During 26/11 Mumbai attack, Param Bir Singh refused to be on ground and take on terrorists, then Mumbai CP Hasan Gafoor had said

Hasan Gafoor, who was the Mumbai Commissioner of Police during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, had accused senior police officials, including Param Bir Singh of not taking on the terrorists.

When Sonia Gandhi trusted Ahmed Patel for conveying to PV Narasimha Rao’s family that his funeral will not be held in Delhi

Sanjaya Baru had said Ahmed Patel approached him to let PV Narasimha Rao's son know about Sonia Gandhi's message.

Aziz Burney’s ’26/11 RSS ki Saazish’: Read how the Congress-favourite Urdu journalist gave Pakistan a clean chit and blamed Indian Army

Through his articles, Burney had tried to give a clean chit to terror-state of Pakistan by claiming that it was not the ISI or LeT that was behind the attack, but the RSS with covert support from Mossad and the CIA.
- Advertisement -

Karan Johar apologises to Madhur Bhandarkar for tweaking his title without permission, Bhandarkar calls Johar’s act morally and ethically wrong

Madhur Bhandarkar had accused Karan Johar of tweaking his registered title 'Bollywood wives' for an upcoming web series on Netflix

District court in UP sentences one Sadab Alam to 20-years imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a minor girl

The minor victim was recovered by the police from West Bengal. She had told before the court that she was raped by Sadab Alam.

“Wikipedia has become a huge moral hazard”: Co-founder Larry Sanger accuses the website of turning into a ‘monocultural establishment organ of propaganda’

Larry Sanger accuses Wikipedia of no longer adhering to the principle of providing information from a neutral point of view

Uttar Pradesh ranks number one in providing jobs to migrant workers by generating 10 crore person-days under Gareeb Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan

Uttar Pradesh government has spent 9,329.57 Crores on the project and generated 10,58,17,358 Person-days for migrant workers

‘Professor’ Ashok Swain, known for his anti-India rhetoric and Hinduphobia, deactivates his Twitter account saying he needed a break

Ashok Swain was often seen peddling anti-India narrative on social media that resonated well with Pakistan and liberals in India

Months after staying at the RIMS director’s bungalow, scam convicted RJD chief Lalu Yadav shifted back to RIMS ward

The newly appointed RIMS Director had to stay in a guest house because Lalu Yadav had been staying in his official bungalow since August

Congress leaders and supporters use old photographs to attack Modi government on farmer protests

The pictures used by Youth Congress and then mechanically copied by rest of the Congress coteries are actually from the year 2018

Pakistani man gets AK-47 rifle as wedding gift from his mother-in-law, video goes viral

In the viral video, the mother-in-law of the groom is seen gifting him a Kalashnikov rifle as the crowd cheered.

Minor gang-raped, forced conversion to Islam, threats, caste abuse: Details of 11 cases in which UP SIT, formed to probe Love Jihad, found criminality

To curb growing menace of Love Jihad, Kanpur police under guidance of the Yogi govt in Uttar Pradesh formed an SIT

Partying in 2008, ignoring now: Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks continues

Like last year, Rahul Gandhi has completely ignored the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and has not shared any tweet about it.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
489,191FollowersFollow
20,200SubscribersSubscribe