Female workers will not be forced to work after 7 pm in factories: UP govt order

In an initiative to provide a safe environment for women at the workplace, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday released an order, stating that no female worker can be bound to do the night shift in factories across the state.

“No female worker shall be bound to work without her written consent before 6 am and after 7 pm. The authorities will also have to provide free transportation, food, and sufficient supervision if working during the aforementioned hours”, the government circular said.

Before 6 am and after 7 pm if the woman worker refuses to work, according to the order, she would not be terminated from employment.

The UP labour department has made it clear that women workers will not be compelled to stay back for work beyond 7 pm and would not be called to work before 6 am without their written consent.

The government has also notified the exemptions to women’s workforce in all the mills and factories in the state.

“The onus of providing a secure working atmosphere to the women workers will lie with the employer to prevent an incident of sexual harassment in the workplace,” the order further stated, “Moreover, the GO makes it mandatory for the employer to inculcate a robust complaint mechanism in the factory in compliance with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 or in any other related enactments.”

(Inputs from ANI)

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