European companies profit at the expense of Indian workers in the shoe and leather industry

 Leather shoes
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Wages that are linked to the number of units produced and that are below those needed to survive; overtime due to high production pressures; inadequate work and health protection measures; weak or even non-existent trade union organizational structures; discrimination; lack of access to medical and social insurance services –these serious labour rights violations have been demonstrated in the shoe production industry in India.As shown by a recent campaign “Change Your Shoes”, has been published and launched by SÜDWIND and INKOTA.   ... →

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