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Monday, January 26th, 2015
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed crisis measures on Sunday to secure a huge number of workers in his state’s nail salon industry from health dangers and wage thefts.
Cuomo made a taskforce drawn from a few state government organizations. It will go salon to salon over the state, exploring environment and pay-scale for nail workers in charge of giving manicures and pedicures in the industry which is highly competitive.
Recently, the New York Times exposed an online investigation report on exploitation of nail workers who were employed in various salons. A huge portion of the workers were underpaid and exposed to vulnerable chemicals regularly.
Andrew Cuomo stated that they would not be inactive and would take strict action because their workers were being deprived of the fundamental rights and proper wages which they deserve. The investigation report revealed that numerous labours must pay salon proprietors for their occupations and frequently work for free of cost during their training. These are completely illegal practices. These workers do their job with long shifts on very low wages and simultaneously get exposed to harmful chemicals which at any time can cause illness. Manicurists get $1 per hour at starting, and also well underneath the base amount for even tipped workers in the state.
The quantity of nail salons in New York City increased in recent 15 years to around 2,000. Manicure and Pedicure cost there $25 or below in numerous shops. The highly competitive business tackles a huge number of recent migrants for daily wages as low as $30 or even $10.
Andrew Cuomo stated that this kind of businesses must use signs to inform workers about their rights in 6 languages. He also said that workers will likewise be obliged to wear gloves and salons would need to be legitimately ventilated. Healthcare authorities of USA would think about other security measures and figure out whether labours ought to wear more defensive gadgets like masks.