Comment, Solidarity Winter 2011
The past six months have seen a major shift in focus for both of our major projects in Mae Sot and Tamil Nadu.
We have been working with the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB) in Mae Sot, and the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU) for several years. In both cases the projects have been training and organizing projects, and both have now evolved into economic development projects. Reports on those projects are included in this issue of .
In the case of Tamil Nadu this is because the 11,000 union members and their families (totaling about 30,000 people), now have the organisational capacity through their union, to develop their earning potential through cooperative based businesses, micro-enterprises, and vocational skills training.In Mae Sot the union women identified skills training for young migrant women as being their most urgent need.
We have been fortunate to get financial support from the New Zealand Government Sustainable Development Fund for the Mae Sot project, and from the Morgan Foundation for the Tamil Nadu Project.
Gareth Morgan has agreed to match every dollar that we raise up to $30,000 a year. This provides a new urgency to our UnionAID campaign to recruit Kiwi Solidarity Members committed to monthly donations. So please help us fund the Tamil Nadu project by recruiting your friends and family. $10, or even $5, per month will make a real difference to our project communities in South India.