Khaadi workers seeking justice because of inhumane working conditions
Khaadi is the Pakistan largest apparel industry which is currently in a dilemma to deal with inhumane workplace terms and employees rights. Many protest demonstration were held in Lahore and Karachi over the last week by the activists and workers alleging highhandedness and unfair practices by Khaadi management.
The allegations against Khaadi includes the charge that administration terminated the scores of workers who were working at factories. The officials were held responsible when a female worker made an attempt for suicide which was allegedly penalized for taking the unscheduled lunch break.
Khaadi management issued a statement on Monday and denied allegations by saying that accusations circling on social media were just a part of a conspiracy against the company.
Khaadi viewed all the discussion on social media and claims the news is false and have been spread to seek damage on our reputation. Initially, Khaadi decided to not respond on the matter because the content is libelous and malicious. However, now the company feel the urge to clarify the issue. Khaadi confirms that it has not terminated 32 of employees.
Another malicious story that is linked to the issue that the young female committed suicide after being terminated from the company. Khaadi wonders that why anyone spread this outright lie is beyond understanding. The primary plan is to cause reputational harm to Khaadi, and we will get to the bottom of this conspiracy.
Khaadi is a responsible corporate citizen, which serves as a brand and have endeavoured to adhere and maintain the highest standards in all operations by following the best practices with regard to our biggest assets, our employees. Our products are sourced through an array of third party suppliers. Khaadi has always endeavoured to promote our culture and heritage, and promote a positive image of Pakistan internationally, and will continue to do so.
Finally, we appeal to all to please do not share or spread news that is pure hearsay, or base your comments on speculative news, no matter shared by who, without fully knowing the facts yourself. We request this not only in the case of Khaadi, but also as a general principle of social media engagement, as false rumors tend to escalate and can be quite damaging for others, whether it be brands or innocent people.
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Spokesperson for Khaadi denies the allegations
While the spokesperson for the company denies that workers associated with Khaadi were dismissed while the third party contractors labor at, the factories cannot be considered as Khaadi employees.
She assured that audit will be initiated and a compliance check will be conducted. The agitated workers claims that they were sacked from well-known brand Khaadi because of the inhumane working conditions and also presented their list of grievance with company.
Moreover, they claim that an official appointment letter is not provided to the employees at the time of hiring which truly leaves that the terms and conditions of their employment deprives of having recourse to law when rights are violated.
There is also an allegation that company is not successful in depositing Sindh Employees Social Security institution or neither issue cards to the workers employed in industrial units.
Company is also alleged to deduct monthly amount for Employees Old Age Benefits Institution from the workers’ salaries but still did not issue EOBI cards. The workers claim that they were made to work for more than 12 hours a day and forced to work on Sundays as well as on public holidays. The workers are not provided clean drinking water and face restrictions on using toilet as well.
And if any employee gets injured during duty they workers have alleged.
Nasir Mansoor the renowned figure in the labor rights and deputy general secretary at National Trade Union Federation denies the statement issued by Khaadi. He mentioned that affected workers told the complete criteria to NIRC, which is a platform for labor court saying that they fear from being fired from the company on raising voice against injustices happening to them.
Mansoor dismissed the Khaadi argument saying that Third Party Company provides workers and as per their claim; the employees are not of Khaadi. It is possible that Khaadi mentioned about the NIRC workers who are actually theirs. Other issues were highlighted that minimum salary for unskilled workers is RS.14000 by the government by Khaadi is violating the rule by paying skilled workers RS.13000.
Mansoor concludes that we do not want to ruin businesses or brand but we will not accept such attitude in industrial units on any condition.