Programmes  I  Garments  I  GSG

Bangalore is one of the important centres for garment manufacturing in India. The level of collectivisation among workers in the Bangalore garment sector is practically non-existent. The trade unions and NGOs have often very limited or no role in the audit, verification, monitoring and remediation programs initiated by the factories and standards setting bodies. There is a need of comprehensive and accountable mechanisms for the trade unions and NGOs to engage with the improvement processes. Due to a lack of awareness about the potential of codes of conduct the stakeholders have limited faith in the social audits and its impacts in daily practice. 

 

Garment Support Group (GSG)

Against this background, Prakruthi and Solidaridad SSEA organized a series of meetings in 2009 and 2010 with seven trade unions and five NGOs active in the Bangalore garments sector. In 2010, the ‘Garment Support Group’ has officially been formed and Prakruthi will serve as the secretariat.

 
Objectives
  • To have a comprehensive understanding of the labour and environmental concerns in the garment sector of Bangalore.
  • Develop the capacity of the employers as well as labour unions on SA 800 standards.
  • Form a Multi-stakeholder Steering Group for developing a collective and coherent response of the stakeholders on key social and environmental issues.
 
Strategy

The GSG members meet on a regular basis to discuss the status of the programs and the pressing issues in Bangalore’s garment sector. Members of the GSG are available to participate in Pre- and Post-Audit consultations. Currently, it is developing toolkits and instruction videos to use in the training and improvement programs at the factory floor level, for example on health and safety and labour rights. GSG is actively advocating for social and environmental improvements and organizes research activities and stakeholder consultation meetings (report of the meeting in December 2010).

 
Results
  • Signing of the formal GSG Cooperation Charter between trade unions and NGOs.
  • Training to workers affiliated to GSG unions on standards, rights and entitlements.
  • Publication and dissemination of different research studies related to Bangalore garment sector. 

 


 
 
 
 
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