The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has passed a law granting retail staff the “right to sit” and thus improving the conditions of the workers mainly comprised of women.
“We see it as a key welfare measure for workers and will ensure store owners comply,” says Tamil Nadu Labour Secretary R. Kirlosh Kumar who assures that inspectors will visit shops to guarantee compliance.
Store owners are now obliged to provide seating to their employees so they can take the weight off their feet during the workday. Kerala became the first Indian state to adopt such a law in 2018. The right to sit is a step forward in the quest for better working conditions like fair wages, proper restroom breaks, and less surveillance.