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India's garment workers continue to fight against exploitation

Over 1200 factories, where 90 per cent of the 500,000 workers are women, function on the outskirts of the city. For decades, the women in these factories have worked in exploitative conditions, earning a minimum monthly wage as low as 4000 rupees (about US$60)...A study of occupational health and safety in the garment industry by Cividep, a Bangalore-based non-profit focused on worker’s rights and corporate accountability, concluded that the city’s garment workers often suffer from “respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, ergonomic issues like back pain, mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, and reproductive health issues, such as white discharge, irregular periods and excessive bleeding.”