Indian women who travel abroad for work and travel to India for weddings, funerals and births are at risk of being left with less clothing than they are used to.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) said it was the first time in a decade that the average number of Indian workers who go abroad was lower than it was a decade ago, as the country’s garment industry began to implode.
“I think it’s very important to recognize that this trend is a result of the economic slowdown, and not the other way around,” ILC director-general Anna-Kaisa Hulshansky said.
The ILO said a significant number of India’s garment workers were leaving their jobs and going abroad in search of better paying jobs, or for better healthcare.
In March, the number of people returning home to India rose to more than one million, from about 1.5 million a year earlier.
According to the ILO, India now has the highest number of women who have had to leave the country for work since 2011.
At the same time, many more women have been leaving India because of unsafe working conditions.
“Women who are forced to work as domestic workers are particularly vulnerable,” the ILOs said.
“These are the people who are usually employed by large garment firms who don’t take responsibility for their safety.
I think there’s an increased sense of concern among some of these women that their safety and the safety of their families is at risk.”
I’m sure we have more than 1 million Indian women and girls who are in this situation and we are waiting for them to get back home,” Mr Hulsenansky said on the sidelines of a workshop on women’s rights and gender equality.
On Thursday, a woman died while being transported to hospital from a small garment factory in the city of Chandigarh, the second death in a week.
Some of the garment workers at the factory are working with very poor wages, the union said.
Many of India, including India’s southern states like Assam, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, have been hit by the worst garment factory crisis in history.
While factories have shut down in the last year, they have not been completely shut down as they are forced by the law to continue operating.
A number of smaller and poorer factories have been left operating in their old locations, but are still not shuttered, according to the union.
Mr Hulsonansky said the ILOS’ research showed that India’s biggest and most significant manufacturing centres are now in Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
But she said the situation in the northern states like Bihar and Haryana was not as bad.
This has led to more workers working outside the factory and in the rural areas, but this has also led to a rise in the number and the quality of the products produced in these regions, she said.
I have been working for the ILOC for over 15 years, and have worked on the ground in all the garment factories in India, Ms Hulsten said.
There are many women in India who work in these factories, and they need our support.
India is facing a growing demand for clothing and is not going to be able to provide them at the current rate, she added.
We want to make sure we help the people of India to feel better about their lives, and to ensure they are able to make a sustainable transition into the future,” Ms Hulschansky said, adding that the ILOM is urging all Indian garment workers to find ways to support themselves while they are out of the country.
Many of the workers were on strike in some of the factories, according the union, and were demanding better working conditions, better pay and safer working conditions for themselves.
“They are not only demanding better wages, but they are also demanding that their families and other workers are given a better life,” Ms Kavita Sahu, a union official, said.