Indian Garment Factory Labor Conditions
In early textile mills, workers faced problems like high stress, low wages, and forced overtime, hundreds of years later in garment factories in India, little has changed. India’s economy is rapidly growing and why this is great for commerce, it is often more stressful for factory workers who have to keep up with growing demands. The growth of the garment sector in India has not helped improve the working conditions in the garment factories.
One of the more critical problems for factory workers is that they are not able to earn a living wage. As mentioned in the article, “All interviewed workers stated that it is almost impossible to make ends-meat with the salary they earn”. Without proper wages workers will not be able to support themselves or their families. This could eventually lead to a decline in India’s massive population.
Another challenge Indian factory workers face is job insecurity. Due to India’s large population of over a billion people, work is hard to come by for many there for making factory workers easily replaceable as there are plenty of unemployed people ready to fill the empty position. This leads to as stated in the article, “Minor mistakes in work, non-completion of targets, reporting late to work even by a few minutes and talking back while shouted at, are all uses as grounds for dismissal.” Meaning that since workers are easily replaceable, even the smallest mistake could get them fired.
In comparison to the industrial revolution in Britain, the conditions of the textile mills were in some cases better than the garment factories of India. As many of the mills had a better salary that one could live off of, and less pressure to meet supply demands. So it could be assumed that many Indian factories and British mills had similar working conditions, even though industry has advanced by hundreds of years,...