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Indian shop assistants finally win the right to sit down, after years of standing up

India’s fast-growing retail sector accounts for 8 per cent of jobs. (Reuters: Rupak De Chowdhuri) On her feet at work for 10 hours each day, Indian shop assistant S Lakshmi (not her real name) lumbers home at the end of her shift to nurse her aching legs and swollen ankles. However, for Ms Lakshmi and many other workers, relief may be in sight. Last month, Tamil Nadu became the second Indian state to enshrine the "right to sit" for retail staff in law. The order requires store owners to provide seating and let employees take the weight off their […]

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