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Health & Safety Group: Final Portfolio
Rajesh is a Quality Controller in the Production Department of a garment factory in Gurgaon, India. He works over twelve hours per day, every single day. Management tells employees to work overtime, often regardless of whether production targets are met, despite consistently refusing to pay workers the double-time wages they are entitled to. If workers rightfully object, they are told “not to come back to work tomorrow.”
Rajesh’s situation is not uncommon. The coercive strategies leveraged by Rajesh’s management are emblematic of garment worker oppression in the factories of Gurgaon. While forced overtime negatively impacts all aspects of workers’ lives in- and outside of their factories, these practices have particularly appalling effects on workplace health and safety.