Strike at Sri Lanka Brandix apparel factory in India

ECONOMYNEXT – Workers at Brandix India, a subsidiary of one of Sri Lanka’s top apparel exporters, Brandix Lanka, are on strike demanding higher wages and better working conditions, news reports said.

The factory in an apparel park at Atchyuthapuram in Visakhapatnam district was set up under a deal with the State government in 2005.

The Hindu Businessline reported workers have been on strike for several days tto back demands for more pay and improvement in their working conditions.

It said there are allegations that the 18,000 employees – most of them rural women – are being paid hardly 5,000 Indian rupees a month and are demanding double the pay given higher cost of living.

It quoted Brandix management as saying that it is paying employees in accordance with a 2011 agreement fixing wages for the workers in the garments and allied manufacturing industries.

“A wage revision is due and, after the government fixes the new wage structure, it will abide by the order,” it said.

Brandix got 1,000 acres on an annual lease of one Indian rupee per acre for a period of 25 years with the promise to generate 60,000 permanent jobs in five years, Hindu Businessline said.

The government invested in laying roads, provision of power and water, and creating other infrastructural facilities.
(Colombo/April 21 2016)