Author: Michael Naylor

Jaggery producers aim for independence

The small thatch roof structures nestled amongst the sugar cane fields to the west of Madurai city go largely unnoticed by passing traffic.  But it is within these simple buildings that men and women...

Peter Conway Memorial Lecture

The second Peter Conway Memorial Lecture was given by Helen Clark, former Administrator of UNDP and Prime Minister of New Zealand to a packed theatre in Wellington this June.  Helen’s lecture focussed on the...

Myanmar Railway Project Success

A UnionAID funded project in Myanmar has, over the past 5 years built a national railway workers’ federation with 2,200 members and 15 unions across the country, despite difficult conditions and opposition from management...

New UnionAID Trustee

UnionAID has a new Trustee, Dr Jacqueline Parisi, who brings to the role extensive experience and expertise in organisational and social enterprise development. This includes senior roles with SurfAid, the Mekong Institute, the Akina...

Domestic workers fix pay rates

After joining the new domestic women’s union in Madurai, 110 women not only learnt how to use modern kitchen appliances, but gained the confidence to fix pay rates for household tasks. Their daily income...

Nurses’ Union established in Myanmar

Low salaries, long hours and poor working conditions in public hospitals are driving large numbers of nurses and midwives into the private sector, some even paying a fine to get out of public duties....