Complete abolition of Sumangali Thittam(Camp Coolie System) in Tamilnadu
Complete Prohibition of children under 18 been employed in spinning mills. Disparities in defining the age of a child under various acts are resolved.
Permanent employee status for those who have worked beyond 480 days in 2 year period as per “Tamil Nadu Industrial Establishments (Conferment of Permanent Status to workmen) Act, 1981”.
As per the Apprentices Act 1961, only 10% of total work force shall be allowed to have apprentices. Employment of children below the age of 14 by the mills should be viewed seriously by the District Administration and employers should be brought under the violations of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986. No children under 14 years of age should be employed as Apprentice.
The existing contracts of girl workers should be made null and void and those workers already working in the mills be made legal workers according to law. Overtime wages and minimum wages should be regularized. Workers committee should be established with adequate representation from all sections of employees.
Proper recruitment and employment policy should be framed and enforced by the industries. Monitoring committees should be set up. These committees should include representation from Trade Unions, PRI members and women activists to oversee the performance and inspect the facilities provided in Hostels.
Preference should be given to workers from the local community where the mills are located. These local workers should be given all statuary provisions stipulated by the law.
The complaint mechanism should be simplified with easy access to Complaints Committee, special counselor or other support services. Confidentiality should be maintained. The Complaints Committee should be headed by a woman and to prevent the possibility of any undue pressure or influence from senior levels, such Complaints Committee should involve a third party, either NGO or any other independent body familiar and knowledgeable with the issue.
Women supervisors should be made mandatory for mills employing girls during night shift. Hostel and accommodation facility should be in proportion to the number of employees. Young women employees should have access to their family and freedom of movement without any restriction by the factory.
Inquiry by appropriate government body on accidents / deaths that are reported within the premises of textile and garment industries should be conducted in a timely and transparent fashion. The state should initiate legal proceedings against the guilty and compensation to such victims should be provided.
The government of Tamil Nadu should constitute a District level committee under the Chairmanship of district collectors with the participation of civil society organizations and labour unions. This committee should inspect textile and garment mills to prevent violations in terms of labour rights and provisions.
The law enforcement authorities should ensure better working environment for the women workers in terms of work load, overtime, minimum wages, compensation, harassment and occupational hazards.
We demand the government to have the age limit for children as 18 for all laws, as there is conflict for the age of children under each section. The policy level change should be brought to ensure the compulsory free education for all the children below 18 as per the RTE act of the government.
The state government should monitor and ensure the industries of Tamil Nadu to follow the labor laws of Minimum wages Act 1948, Workmen compensation Act 1923, Industries dispute Act 1947, Employees’ Provident Fund act 1952, Bonus Act 1965, Employee State Insurance Act (ESI) 1948, such as providing the identity card, appointment order and salary slip as per factories act 1948.
All the private industries also should provide the rights and benefits for the labors which are provided by the National Textile Corporation.
The National Skill Development training is provided for the women by the central government which have not reached the rural poor women therefore this project should be expanded and the rural women should get benefit and be assured of their employment.
The labor benefits of 8 hours of work for a day, double wages for the Over Time (OT) work, avoiding forced labor, providing the safety tool kits, distributing of banana and black jiggery while working, allotting the sufficient lunch break and the paid maternity leave up to 6 months as per the GO of the government and availing the medical facilities based on the numbers of the labors in the industry should be made as mandatory.