Infrastructure & Facilities
Warehousing and Packaging
We are supported by a highly capacious and sophisticated warehousing unit, which spreads over a large area and is segregated into varied sectors. In this unit, we are easily able to store our consignment in best possible manner for maximum time period and without any defect. Moreover, we have hired a team of talented warehousing personnel, who keeps the proper record of incoming and outgoing of the consignment. Besides this, our packaging experts use premium quality packaging material to pack our range, with a sole aim to protect them from any defect during delivery.
Some characteristics of the facilities provided by us include:
- Rodent free
- Highly automated
- Fire safety arrangements
- Well connected to ports/ roads/stations
Wide Distribution Network
Garment factory work (tailoring, cutting cloth, fixing buttons, finishing, checking, ironing, packing) is repetitive and monotonous, involving long hours sitting or standing in one position. A 2008 study by Cividep on the Bangalore garments industry reported that nearly half the respondents from among women workers complained of backaches and breathing problems linked to their work.
“I suffer from backache, leg and knee pain due to constant bending over the table to see the needle and running the machine with my leg,” says Shylaja, a worker interviewed for the study.
Injuries are common, especially puncture wounds from needles on the fingertips and nails as the cloth is passed through heavy vibrating mechanized machines. A worker can ill afford to report this as she may be declared unfit and removed from the job. In cases of severe puncture wounds through the tips of the fingers, women have had to be hospitalized and have had to stay away from work for at least a month.
Mechanization brings with it noise; there are no studies or regular checks to detect sound-induced hearing loss. Noise is also a known risk factor for stress.
Very few workers get masks to wear during work. They are constantly engulfed in the fluff of cut pieces of cloth. Women complain of tightness in the chest, breathing difficulties, allergic sneezing, persistent coughs and runny noses. There were no official statistics available at the Employees State Insurance scheme (ESI) or its management on the prevalence of respiratory problems or byssinosis, although illnesses like asthma and tuberculosis are frequently reported. The ESI medical officer, in conversation with activists of the Garment Mahila Karmikara Munnade (Garment Women Workers Front), expressed concern over the fact that 80% of all tuberculosis patients registered with the ESI are garment workers.
Workers contribute to the ESI scheme and are entitled to accessible healthcare and social benefits. But this is not the case in practice.
Long hours of sitting, very little water intake, and the fear of going to the toilet causes constipation and piles. In some sweatshops, supervisors keep a check on the number of times a worker takes a toilet break. If it is frequent the worker is asked to leave the job as it is believed speed of production is hampered. As a result, many workers do not drink much water.
The triple burden of household work, looking after children and being productive in the job has a longstanding effect on women’s health. They skip their morning meal to rush to the factory, they skip their lunch if there is pressure to meet targets at work, and, when they get home in the evening, the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning and caring take precedence. Shyla says: “We are always on the run; we eat just to satisfy our hunger pangs. It is so difficult to sit down and eat peacefully!”
This circle of hard work, irregular food habits, reduced food and water intake and limited resources in the context of the gendered role of women leads to undernourishment. Anaemia among women garment workers and complaints of gastric ulcers are very common.
Under the Factories Act, crèche facilities, drinking water facilities, and a canteen have to be made available to workers. Often crèches do exist but are under-utilized. Factories provide water, but with no guarantee of its quality. Indeed, in 2004 and 2008 there were outbreaks in Bangalore of gastroenteritis due to contaminated drinking water. In both cases women suffered great physical discomfort, but no action was taken by the regulatory authorities to put in place a mechanism to monitor the quality of drinking water. In many factories, canteens are poorly ventilated and too small to accommodate all the workers. As a consequence, women are forced to sit and eat on the roadside or in an adjoining space.
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