Letter From Bangalore

Fighting for the right to sit at work

Retail staff in Tamil Nadu cheer as state joins Kerala in passing law granting such workers relief from standing all day

Ms Alphonsa Johnson (right) and five other saleswomen from Thrissur, Kerala, first protested in 2015 for the right to sit during their 11-hour work days. PHOTO: AMTU KERALA
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BANGALORE - On the evening of Sept 13, standing by the stove cooking dinner for her husband and sons, Ms Vijayalakshmi K. heard the unbelievable news on television.

The Tamil Nadu government had passed a law granting workers in retail stores the "right to sit".

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