TIRUPPUR - Workers' rights in the garment industry hub of Tiruppur - dubbed the "t-shirt capital of the world" - are reportedly declining amidst increasing demand as COVID-19 restrictions ease in western countries.

The Social Awareness and Voluntary Education (SAVE) non-profit reports an increase in "informalised" employment including child labour and workers being paid piece rates instead of a regular wage.

A new report from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), which partners with SAVE on labour issues in Tiruppur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, says many of these workers are women who are paid "considerably below" the minimum wage.

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