To bring down attrition and increase productivity of women employees, textile industries in Gujarat are taking a slew of measures. This includes building housing facilities to providing creches for children. The number of women working in the textile sector in Gujarat has risen by 30 per cent in the last five years. The national average is 15 per cent.
A better work environment, consistent income and several incentives by employers is attracting women to the textile industry, especially the garment and fabric sections. Close to 90 lakh people are working in the textile industry in Gujarat including 45 to 50 lakh women. Some textile units are paying their women employees more than they do their male counterparts. A grievance cell deals with the issues of women employees. If women have to work overtime, boarding and lodging are also provided.
Many companies have also set up skill development centers where women in large numbers are being trained. Many companies and textile units are building facilities to house their employees with an aim to reduce absenteeism and help women focus on the job. Arvind is planning to set up a dormitory-based manufacturing facility in its upcoming apparel park in Dehgam. The facility will house around 10,000 women.