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.   ... →

Working Conditions in Indian textile factories

In 2012 a report by Somo and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) described working conditions in Indian textile factories in the state of Tamil Nadu. At this stage it was clear how catastrophic the conditions for workers were, many of them young women from lower castes.

ICN has now investigated factories in Bangalore and have documented the working conditions.   ... →

Child Labour in Indian Glimmer mines

In the poor Indian region of Jharkhand, children as young as 12 work in the mica mines for about 50 rupees a day. Their income is highly needed to support their families but they miss out school and are endangered by snake and scorpion bites, the collapse of the caves, cuts and respiratory illnesses. Although no child under 18 is allowed to work, enforcement of the law is weak.   ... →

Monsanto’s business in India: On Seeds and Suicides

Human rights violations and environmental hazards in India

Some 95 per cent of India’s cotton seed is controlled by Monsanto. Across the world, new seed laws are being introduced, which enforce compulsory registration of seeds. On the one hand, these measures aim at stabilizing the seed market and stock, but on the other hand force small farmers into dependency on multinational corporations – and thus into high debts.   ... →