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Asia Floor Wage

Stitching a decent wage across borders

All garment workers in Asia need a wage increase. But often, when workers struggle to improve their wages and conditions in one country, companies relocate to another country, where wages and conditions are lower. So workers are afraid to fight for better wages, because they might lose their jobs.

The Asia Floor Wage Campaign is a response to this problem, by proposing a floor wage for garment workers in Asia. The Asia Floor Wage, is different in each country’s national currency, but has the power to buy the same set of goods and services in all countries.

An Asia Floor Wage for the garment industry will help fight poverty, develop economically with decent labour standards, and improve the lives of workers who are mostly women.

In 2010, we were part of an effort part to collect 1 million signatures of garment workers from all over India in support of the Asia Floor Wage campaign. The memorandum was submitted to the Labour Minister of India.

To know more about this campaign, go to http://www.asiafloorwage.org/.

Social Security now!

FEDINA is part of a nationwide campaign for Social security for the unorganized sector workers.

Social Security Now (SSN) is a loose network of over 500 organisations including peoples’ movements, trade unions, civil society organisations and concerned individuals from all over India campaigning towards the realisation of comprehensive social security and protection for about 423 million unorganised workers through a central legislation. The uniqueness of this campaign is the active involvement of dalits, adivasis and other socially disadvantaged groups, asserting that social security is the legitimate right of all ‘social classes’ in India. The campaign of SSN is executed by a national working group comprising 29 organisations.

History

Responding to a prolonged nationwide debate and a growing need for social security for unorganised workers, a group of 14 network organisations working on Labour rights, Dalit rights, Women’s rights, Tribal and marginalized people came together and formed a consortium to pursue their right to social security, to campaign for awareness, to forge alliance with trade unions, people’s movements and other organisations and to put pressure on the government to pass a comprehensive social security law.

The 14 organisations that formed the consortium were: Fedina and Women’s Voice from Bangalore; NAFRE, CEC, NCC-USW, Delhi Forum, NCDHR, HRLN, PWESCR and ISI from Delhi; YUVA from Mumbai, NIWCYD from Nagpur; BIRSA from Ranchi and LAYA from Vishakapatnam. In a meeting, they decided to organise a national convention to deliberate the following issues: ‘Social Security vs Employment Regulation’, ‘Discrimination in Social Security Benefits’, ‘Social Exclusion, Discrimination and Violence based on Caste’, ‘Women and Social Security’, ‘Sexual Harassment, Violence and Gender Discrimination in the Unorganised Sector’, ‘Structure of Social Security Administration’, ‘Social Security Fund — Sources and Methods of Collection’, ‘Need for a Separate Comprehensive Law for Agriculture Workers’, ‘Feasibility of Insurance-based Social Security and Privatisation of Insurance, Alternative Ways as in the ESI Scheme’ and ‘New Economic Reforms and the Unorganised Sector’.

Social security in the context of the unorganized sector workers would mean measures designed to protect their employment, ensure a decent wage & working conditions and protection from contingencies such as child birth, child care, illness, disability, death, unemployment, widowhood and old age, in order to enable them to maintain an adequate standard of living consistent with social norms.

The ILO (International Labour Organisation) core labour standards and other conventions, which India ratified, give workers the right to social security as a labour right.  Social security is a labour right because it originates from work and is claimed out of the income towards which the labour has contributed.

To know more about the campaign, go to http://www.socialsecuritynow.org/

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