Posts from Garments sector


Home Workers Worldwide (HWW): A briefing note on women garment workers in Bangalore

Contributing to Women’s Movements in India: Home Workers Worldwide’s  series on  organizing women workers in South India showcases Cividep’s  role in supporting and building an all-women trade union in the garment sector of South India.  

Workers at Bangalore Metro Construction Site. Credit: Bloomberg

A Handbook of Non Judicial Grievance Mechanisms

This worker education material aims to equip union leaders and workers with the necessary information and skills to raise grievances against management, global multi-national brands and regulatory authorities like the labour department. The Handbook of Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms focuses particularly on non-adjudicated ways of making complaints. The scope of this manual covers various non-judicial grievance… Read more »

This heavily pregnant woman with a young child has just finished her shift at a garment factory.

Mind the Gap: How the global brands are not doing enough to ensure a dignified life for workers in the garment and electronics industry in India

Future in Our Hands (Framtiden i våre hender), Norway and Cividep India jointly conducted a study comparing working conditions and wages in two global supply chains that cater to the European market and have links to South India. These are the garment industry in Bangalore that produces apparel for well-known European retailers like H&M and… Read more »


Worker Resource Centre Inaugurated for Migrant Workers in Bangalore

In recent years, the garment sector in Bangalore has seen a steady rise in the number of migrant workers employed at various factories. Cividep has undertaken a project to address the issues and problems confronting these workers, which we have named ‘From Modern Slavery to Self Reliance’. As part of this project, we have set… Read more »


An event on Garment Factory Creches and Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

Cividep hosted an event on how creches at garment factories in Bangalore are presently functioning and India’s Early Childhood Care and Education Policy on Friday, the  14th of August, 2015. Thirty junior HR employees and welfare officers from garment factories, who are in charge of overseeing the factory creches, participated in the workshop.


Early Childhood Care in Bangalore’s Garment Industry

Several civil society organisations in Bangalore have been working to improve child care in garment factories over the past few years. In cooperation with the German women’s organisation FEMNET and with financial support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Cividep India has undertaken a project to improve existing crèches in Bangalore’s… Read more »


Images from May Day 2015

On the annual May Day 2015, the Garment Labour Union (GLU) in collaboration with Cividep held a rally from the MES Colony Bus stop in the Peenya Industrial Area, where over 600 garment workers from 20 factories all across Bangalore City came together. [Images by Sanjita Majumder]


Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion

Watch three Norwegian teenagers as they experience the realities of Cambodian garment workers’ lives.


Women garment workers organize against inhumane conditions in India

In her new article, Pushpa Achanta discusses the inhumane working conditions and rights violations that women garment workers are subject to in South India – around Bangalore in particular. The article highlights Cividep’s work in conducting research and organizing on the ground, as well as in advocating for better working conditions and the prevention of… Read more »


An introduction to Cividep

Gopinath Parakuni
General Secretary, Cividep-India