Women stitching garments at home entitled to PF: SC
In a landmark judgement which may affect both government and private managements in India outsourcing the work to escape the labour laws by claiming that the persons so engaged are not their workers, the Supreme Court has declared that women tailoring garments at home for a company are entitled for the employees’ provident fund (EPF) dues. The apex court judgment may force the Union and state governments to review the present EPF law to cover the entire workforce in India. Today’s verdict that will send cheers to the workers holds that “provisions under the EPF Act have to be interpreted in a manner which is beneficial to the workmen”. Shockingly, the defaulting readymade garment company that was ordered by the court to deposit the women workers’ PF dues dating back to 1979 within one month is no private company but one set up by the Maharashtra state government.
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