KARACHI: Pakistan’s popular apparel brand Khaadi came forward with a more detailed response on Wednesday to allegations that it had wrongfully terminated employees and don’t adhere to lawful labour laws and regulations. The detailed response by the management of Khaadi addressed all the rumours and allegations against it. Khaadi said that it did not terminate...
KARACHI: Pakistan's popular apparel brand Khaadi came forward with a more detailed response on Wednesday to allegations that it had wrongfully terminated employees and don't adhere to lawful labour laws and regulations.
The detailed response by the management of Khaadi addressed all the rumours and allegations against it. Khaadi said that it did not terminate the services of 32 factory employees as it was alleged since the brand is a retail organization and does not operate any manufacturing facilities. Khaadi claimed that its products are sourced by a variety of vendors.
Regarding the said employees, Khaadi said,"They were neither permanent employees of the vendor, nor were they contract employees engaged by the vendor. Some weeks ago, and at the instigation of external vested interests, these 32 temporary workers started an agitation and eventually filed a petition in the Karachi Branch of the National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC). That petition was dismissed by the NIRC on May 18, 2017."
Allegations pertaining to the inhumane working conditions workers had to face
The management also claimed that full and final settlement to all workers were given after they had chosen not to continue their employment with the concerned vendor. The management also dismissed allegations that these workers were made to work for more than 12 hours in inhumane condition.
"These 32 workers worked for the standard 8 hours shift. As regards the allegation that workers are ‘mistreated’ or ‘exposed to inhumane conditions’, this is completely false and incorrect. The vendor provides good working conditions for the workers," read the clarification.
Khaadi also dismissed allegations that workers were not allowed to go to the washroom in breaks, stating that separate washrooms for male and females were constructed at the production floor. The clarification document also stated that clean drinking water supplied by a reverse osmosis filtration plant, was provided to employees.
Regarding the alleged suicide of a female employee because of management's strictness
Khaadi categorically denied allegations that a female employee had committed suicide owing to the harsh working conditions. The clarification document claimed that the name of the employee was Rani and she was still part of the workforce.
"The female worker, Rani is very much part of the workforce of the vendor and satisfied with the working conditions. She has very unfortunately been dragged into this issue and has unnecessarily been put to stress. We do not at all wish to have further stress caused to her, but if absolute need be, her statement can be provided, or a meeting arranged with her, should she be willing for same," read the clarification document.