Some labourers on contracts are reportedly not paid for months and are made to work for 12 hours
In a democratic country like India it’s an offence to exploit someone on the basis of caste, creed, colour or domicile.
However, this offence is taking place every day at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate with the blessings of Government authorities. Some of the industries in the name of contract workers are exploiting poor labourers from Northern India, sources said. Taking the advantage of Contract Labour, some industries are squeezing these poor labourers.
If one visits these industries one can find hundreds of indiscrepancies and will not be surprised how the owners of industries are ignoring the labour laws and illegally running their industries.
There are more than 3,000 workers from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka and even from Maharashtra working at the Industrial Estate. Sources said hundred per cent of these workers are on reportedly on contract basis.
According to Labour Act all contract workers must get facilities of ESIC and Employee Provident Fund (EPF). Besides this they must also get Employee Welfare fund. These contract workers are entitled for four days off in a month. Working hours should not exceed by eight hours per day, but all these have been denied to many workers. It is found that they are forced to work for 12 hours per day. Their names have not been registered on the Contract workers Register book. In many cases their ESIC and EPF contribution has not been paid to concerned authorities. If there are fifty workers present on a day the register reportedly shows only 25.
The non-Goan workers have been exploited day in and day out since there are no workers union to look into the grievances.
When Team Herald visited the Industrial area and met some non-Goan workers they painted a sorry state of affairs. “Nobody is there to look into our grievances. The contractor sucks our blood seating in office; we work for twelve to fourteen hours but not getting what we deserve. We do not have proper residence to stay. We have no proper sanitation facilities. Fifty of us are staying in a small room. We are not getting regular wages. Some time contractors are not paying us for months. We do not know who to approach,” said the workers.