New body to protect Indian workers’ rights

17 Oct

By Venkat Raman 14/10/2012 12:26:00 Indian Newslink October 15, 2012

Bharti Kaloti, at a recent protest to protect the basic rights of migrant Indian workers (Picture Courtesy: Unite Union)

A new organisation to protect the rights of workers of Indian origin will be established at a meeting due to be held on October 28 in Auckland.

The meeting will be held from 2 pm at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall (956-990 Great North Road) and is open to all Indian workers and supporters of workers’ rights.

An initiative of ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh Charitable Trust’, and supported by Unite Union, its organisers believe that there are sound reasons to form an association since migrant workers from India are often exploited by unscrupulous employers, some of whom could be even well-known multinationals.

Anu Kaloti, who is an official of the Trust, said that there have been several discussions in recent months over the ‘misuse’ of workers from overseas.

“These companies range from small businesses and large companies with branches throughout the world. Such workers suffer in silence as there is no avenue to voice their sufferings,” he said.

He said that there was a pronounced need for an organisation that would understand the varying problems of migrant workers, including underpayment, delayed payment and non-payment of salaries, unreasonable living and working conditions, exploitation of their work permit status and other issues.

“The new organisation will engage with overseas workers, even if they do not have work visas, permanent residence in New Zealand. Young people on student visa and job-search visas are also often exploited,” he said.

“Unite Union already has several workers of Indian origin, in addition to members and delegates in the fast food industry.”

Mr Kaloti said that the Union had offered assistance in organising and assisting other Indian migrant workers in dealing with their problems.

“This will include education and training in employment rights and advocacy.”

For more details, contact: Anu Kaloti Email: anukaloti


6 Responses to “New body to protect Indian workers’ rights”

  1. meandmybum October 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    you can garantee this site won’t allow honest posts

    • unitenews October 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      Why would we not? Perhaps you should post something ‘honest’ – preferably with a shred or two of actual evidence – and see.
      You may, of course, get a full and frank response and be expected to be able to intelligently defend what you write.

      • meandmybum October 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

        you know the real truth about indian migration
        but you won’t allow it to be debated
        removing honest factual posts you don’t agree with doesn’t make you right
        you are the one who can’t defend your position
        deleting is not a full and frank response
        it is a tantrum

      • unitenews October 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

        Educate us all please. The only posts that will be removed are ones that are defamatory or incite hatred (racist or otherwise).

  2. meandmybum October 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    no they arent my post was factual you are hiding from the truth
    the truth incites nothing
    fear of the truth like you have spreads hatred
    this is very gutless moderation
    why am i not surprised
    are you being paid off
    prove you arent and put it back for some very feared honest debate
    if you’re up to it
    some how i think you arent though

    • unitenews October 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      The only people ‘paying us off’ are our members, kiwis and migrant workers alike.

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