Fair Labour

Overview

Fair Labour domain works towards driving solutions oriented partnership for sustainable socially responsible business practices with a focus on enabling the primary producer/worker to live a healthy and respectful life.

Since 1998, our work has been focussing on working with manufacturing sectors engaged in global supply chain, in order to convert supply chain into a value chain. In the journey of working on the issues of supply chain, we have engaged and contributed towards capacity building of the stakeholders in the entire supply chain; sourcing companies, manufacturing units (senior and middle management in the units/factories) and workers.

What We Do


We partner with factories and and provide hands on facilitation support to the factory team on developing systems and also on implementation of the systems as well as achieving results. We set key deliverable milestones based on the baseline assessment and take the complete accountability of the success and failures of the project. The focus is on sustainable systems development rather than quick fix solutions while ensuring the capacity building of the management team.

For resolving complex workplace issues, we have worked with willing and proactive factory management on capacity building programs for streamlining and strengthening “management systems” which ensures high productivity as well as decent work conditions. Some of the themes on which ASK has developed management systems are Fair Labour Fair Hiring (FLFH), Contract Labour, migrant workers management.

As a third party ASK has been conducting social audits since 1998 in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors. We have developed our own tools and techniques for engaging with the factory management and the workers. Engagement with management and workers using GIFW has provided objective & accurate information regarding the ground realities. We have been able to identify and resolve some of the sensitive human rights issues related with harassment and abuse, forced labour and unpaid wages.

conducting assessment of the supply chain to understand the labour working practices and related issues. We conduct extensive research and studies specific to requirements of the companies looking to study a region with respect to factors of market stability, labour conditions and compliance with international labour standards, challenges in working conditions, issues of child labour, social security and minimum wages etc.

We conduct training on various issues in corporate companies and factories from management staff to supervisors to workers. Training themes often revolve around worker issues, supervisory training, training on management systems etc. We conduct training on various issues in corporate companies and factories from management staff to supervisors to workers. Training themes often revolve around worker issues, supervisory training, training on management systems etc. The trainings are participatory in nature, facilitative and believe in engaging everyone in a non-threatening manner. • Formation of Works Committee: We have expertise in formulating and facilitating Works Committee by adopting “participatory approach” in compliance with the legal requirement as per the country law. We provide hand-holding at each level leading to the capacity building of the works committee, right from the formation of the committee till it is established as an independent, functional mechanism ensuring healthy industrial relations.

This is specialized technique we have developed for gathering accurate information regarding the working conditions from the workers in the factories by engaging with them in an informal and relaxed manner in their environment which includes their work place, home, community etc.

ASK facilitates formation of Works Committee, in factories, in a democratic manner as prescribed by law. The same is undertaken by first sensitising the Factory management and workers on the need and role of the works committee. ASK facilitates a democratic process of election of works committee under its supervision and in the presence of a third-party observer from the Labour Department. The representation of women workers and various departments is ensured in the Works Committee. Upon formation, ASK provides capacity building inputs to the Works Committee to make it more effective and functional. Overtime, ASK team monitors the functioning of this committee to ensure institutionalisation and sustenance of the same.

In order to enhance sense of value and engagement of the factory workers, ASK undertakes ‘Workforce engagement surveys’ amongst workers. These surveys also focus on understanding the working conditions, treatment and behaviour, wage structure, grievance, communication and training aspects so as to identify the key factors responsible for a high or low sense of value and engagement amongst workers. Based on the findings of these surveys, an action plan for identified gaps, if any, is designed to create a better working environment and culture in the factory and enhance overall sense of value and engagement.


Our Approach

  • Understanding the context, ground level reality, challenges and capacities of the factory and work along with them to build their capacities to improve workplace standards.
  • Transfer of knowledge and skills and hand-holding support to the management teamo Constructively engaging to find pragmatic solutions for business, workers and their communities, leading to a visible change at the workplace
  • Defining clear roles and responsibilities of stakeholders of the supply chain till the worker level and brining accountability to achieve the expected results
  • Addressing root cause for identified problems, following with management systems approach, and aiming towards sustainability of business

Contact us

Ms. Chayanika Kunjwal
Manager,
Fair Labour Domain
91 124 4060353/4 (Extn: 26)
8130201411
chayanika@askindia.org

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