Investigate Abusive Treatment of Garment Factory Workers

Target: Santosh Gangwar, Ministry of Labour and Employment, India

Goal: Thoroughly investigate allegations of abusive treatment and dangerous working conditions in garment factories.

Workers at garment factories in South India claim that they’ve been subjected to grueling working conditions in recent months. Among the abuses are being forced to stay at their workstations overnight while enduring poor working conditions and routine verbal abuse from managers desperate to meet production targets. After numerous nights on as little as two hours of sleep, the workers are then forced to work full days producing garments for fashion brand Ralph Lauren and UK supermarkets Marks & Spencer, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s.

The conditions faced by these workers, most of whom are women forced to support families on as little as $80 per month, violate Indian laws requiring a working week of no more than 48 hours, or 60 hours with paid overtime. However, pervasive bribery and slow-moving courts often result in factory owners escaping punishment for abusive practices, while workers are placed under increasing pressure from brands’ efforts to extract maximum profits.

This cruel mistreatment of Indian garment workers cannot be allowed to continue. Sign the petition below to demand that India’s government act swiftly to learn the truth behind the claims and to protect the rights of vulnerable workers.


Dear Minister Gangwar,

Charges of abusive treatment in glaring violation of India’s labor laws reveal the tragic plight of garment workers in factories supplying some of the UK’s most profitable brands. As clothing retailers scramble to protect their profits, the women who supply them with products are subjected to brutal working hours, unsafe conditions, and constant verbal bullying from supervisors and managers.

Desperate to feed and support their families, workers are left with little choice but to carry on enduring this cruel treatment with little hope of protection. I demand that these abuses be investigated immediately and the appropriate protections enforced.


[Your Name Here]

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