Target: Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State for Labor and Employment, India
Goal: Enact tougher labor laws that would protect the overwhelming amount of migrant workers in India.
Six migrant workers in India were killed after a fire broke out in the bakery in which they were forced to both live and work, locked inside by the owner. Lenient labor laws in the nation contributed to their death and these laws fail to protect the family members left behind. The owner of the bakery was arrested and charged with “culpable homicide,” but not murder and not with any violations of labor laws.
Human rights activists argue that the conditions these migrant workers toiled under amount to slavery. This “bonded” labor the migrants were working under earned them only nominal wages, wages much less than the minimum wage in the nation. The employer and government also had no record of the workers’ identities, making it impossible for their families to not only be notified, but also compensated after the workers’ deaths.
Nearly 16 million “bonded” laborers work in India. There are no laws that are written or enforced to protect them or their families. Demand that government officials in India work to protect the millions of migrant workers in the country and their families.
Dear Sri Dattatreya,
After six migrant were killed in a fire, a new light has been shed on the labor laws, or lack thereof, in India. No laws protected these “bonded workers,” who are forced to toil for wages less than the nation’s minimum wage. Laws protecting their families and reimbursing them after their death are also not enforced.
As one of the most rapidly expanding nations in the world, India must take care of the men and women who work in the country. Human rights activists argue that the 16 million “bonded workers” in the nation are no better than slaves, being forced to work and live in horrific conditions without any legal or financial protection. I demand that you take steps to help India enforce tougher labor laws that will protect millions.
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