Stitching Our Shoes – A report on homeworkers in South India by HomeWorkers Worldwide, Labour Behind the Label and Cividep India

Thousands of women work as homeworkers stitching leather shoes for export, in Ambur, South India. These women are largely invisible, not recognised or acknowledged as workers. They are excluded from legal protection, ignored by official statistics and often overlooked by trade unions, researchers and campaigners. “Whether we like it or not, we have to stitch….. Read more »

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Study on labour rights violations and the availability & effectiveness of grievance mechanisms in the construction sector in Bangalore

In 2011, the Bangalore Metro, i.e. ‘Namma Metro’, has been partly opened for public, after several years of construction. This massive infrastructure project employed thousands and still employs hundreds of workers who are vulnerable to inherent risks to their life and limbs while working. Building the Metro system is undoubtedly welcome in the traffic clogged… Read more »

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A Study of Occupational Health & Safety in the Garment Industry in Bangalore

The IT hub of Bangalore is also home over 950 garment factories which employ up to 400,000 workers in the bustling metropolis. While access to basic welfare benefits and securing the labour rights of garment workers are the foremost concerns, it would be equally important to understand the occupational hazards faced by workers on a daily basis and… Read more »


Do We Buy It? A joint research by Labour Behind the Label (LBL) and Cividep India, shows brand commitments on living wage to be misleading

‘Do We Buy It? is a new joint report by Labour Behind the Label (LBL) and Cividep India looking into the stories behind two leading high-street brands, M&S and H&M, who have made claims to be ensuring a fair living wage for workers who make their clothes. The report shows that garment workers at Marks… Read more »


Tougher Than Leather – Working Conditions in Indian Tanneries

A new report by Cividep India and Framtiden i våre hender (Future In Our Hands), Norway looks at the state of occupational health and safety in tanneries in Tamil Nadu. Interviews with tannery workers in Chennai and Ranipet revealed shocking negligence and violation of Indian laws governing hazardous industries. Women who work as helpers and… Read more »


Needs Assessment of Childcare Facilities in Bangalore’s Garment Industry – Cividep India (in cooperation with FEMNET, Germany)

In 2015, Cividep India undertook a project to improve the quality of crèches in Bangalore’s garment factories in cooperation with the German feminist organisation FEMNET. The project was financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Many of Bangalore’s garment manufacturers supply clothing – including children’s wear – to major… Read more »

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Handbook on Labour Laws II

Cividep is a member of the Good Electronics Network from India, and has been working on a handbook for factory workers on Indian labour laws in that country. The handbook is part of our Worker Education Series and six chapters have been made available. Several labour laws including the Minimum Wages Act, Maternity Benefits Act,… Read more »


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 »