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I get 55 paise for every piece I tailor: Injured Orient Craft worker

Bandages wrapped around his arm,Mohammad Naseem lies on a bed at Sunrise Hospital in Gurgaon. A tailor at apparel export house Orient Craft,Naseem was injured during Monday’s clash near Hero Honda Chowk,during which police lathicharged workers on the rampage.

Bandages wrapped around his arm,Mohammad Naseem lies on a bed at Sunrise Hospital in Gurgaon. A tailor at apparel export house Orient Craft,Naseem was injured during Monday’s clash near Hero Honda Chowk,during which police lathicharged workers on the rampage.

He said there have been instances in the past when workers,who raised their demands,have been thrown out by contractors.

A resident of Motihari in Bihar,Naseem moved to Gurgaon two years ago. He is married and has two children.

He claimed that the Monday clashes began after a contractor assaulted a worker who had questioned the quantum of salary deduction for taking leave.

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“There is an element of fear among workers. Sometimes salary is cut without reason,at times proper payment is not made. And if such a case is reported,the contractor and his men beat up and throw the worker out of the premises,” said Naseem.

Naseem’s left arm has deep cuts,sustained when he fell on glass while fleeing the commotion. “He fell on glass twice while fleeing,” said Manish Jha,a doctor at the hospital.

Naseem said there are more than 3,000 workers under the contractor. The shift is from 9.30 am to 6 pm,after which one can work overtime.

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“I get 55 paise per piece (a part of the garment). Usually I make around 400 pieces a day,which gets me close to Rs 200. I earn between Rs 6,000 and Rs 7,000 per month,and my PF gets deducted,” said Naseem.

Orient Craft counts some of the leading global brands among its clients.

Also admitted in the hospital is Anil,who sustained a minor head injury.

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Naseem said senior officials of Orient Craft called to enquire about his health.

“We take care of workers in such situations. This time,too,we will provide all help to the victim and pay his bills,” R S Saroha,GM (Administration) of Orient Craft told Newsline.

Meanwhile,trade unions are planning to up the ante over the alleged exploitation of workers at different factories in Gurgaon and Manesar.

“Both the company and contractor are at fault. It is the company which hires a contractor and he remains under the management’s purview,” said Satbir Singh,CITU state president.

First published on: 21-03-2012 at 01:39:13 am
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