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NHRC notice to Kerala govt over 'pathetic' work conditions

Allegedly, their 'Right to Sit' and 'Right to Pee', which are basic human rights, have not been protected in the Kerala Shops

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Allegedly, there have been strikes by women workers against the continuous ignorance by the authorities towards their issues, the statement added
Allegedly, there have been strikes by women workers against the continuous ignorance by the authorities towards their issues, the statement added

The Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to government over the "pathetic" working conditions of workers, who are allegedly not allowed to sit or go to toilet, during work at textile retail shops.

The action came after received a complaint that of in textile retail sector are being violated in as they are not allowed to sit or go to toilet during their more than 10-hour-long duty.

Allegedly, their 'Right to Sit' and 'Right to Pee', which are basic human rights, have not been protected in the Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1960. The Commission has given the state authorities concerned two weeks time to respond, said an statement.

"The allegations raised a serious issue of violation of Right to Health and Right to Dignity of the female in the textile retail shops. The government is bound to take necessary steps to protect the of these female workers," observed the Commission while issuing notices to the Kerala Chief Secretary.

According to the complaint, many in Kerala have not even set up toilets for the in the work space. Even at the shops where toilets have been provided, permission is required from the manager to use it during working hours.

The prolonged standing has resulted in many of them developing a medical problem called 'Varicose Veins', a condition in which the veins in the leg become weak, large, and twisted.

Allegedly, there have been strikes by workers against the continuous ignorance by the authorities towards their issues, the statement added.

In 2014, the government of Kerala passed an ordinance amending the Kerala Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1960, but while doing so, it did not take any action to protect the interests of a large group of unorganised sectors workers.

The amended Act did not make difference to the working conditions of female workers in the textile retail shops.

First Published: Fri, July 01 2016. 20:57 IST
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