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KARNATAKA – The government of Karnataka has U-turned on its decision to increase working hours from eight to ten, after pressure from native NGOs and workers’ unions.  

Having opted to ignore earlier calls for reinforced labour laws over fears workers were being exploited, the government had controversially updated its Factories Act of 1948, seeing fit that workers should operate for to 60 hours per week despite the fact many say they’ve gone without pay over recent months.  

In a tweet by the organisation Asia Floor Wage Alliance, a statement by the government reads that all factories registered under the Factories Act and its provisions are exempt from the latest update and that it has chosen to withdraw its notification.  

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