No women bound to do night shifts: Uttar Pradesh govt sets rules

The Uttar Pradesh government, in an effort to provide a safe environment for women at the workplace, has issued an order stating that no women employee can be bound to do night shifts 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 stated.

According to the circular, if the woman worker refuses to work before 6 am and after 7 pm, she would not be terminated from employment.

The Uttar Pradesh labour department issued the state order and 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 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. 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”, the order further stated.

The government has also directed that bathrooms and changing rooms must be available for women in the office, and a woman can be only asked to work from office if there are four other women in that shift.