Category: Tamil Nadu

Workers’ co-operatives: building a brighter economic future

Workers’ co-operatives: building a brighter economic future

Encouraging economic development and the independence of workers through co-operatives is an important strategy for the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU). Credit unions encourage members to save for the establishment of small businesses, providing...

What your donations are funding in India

What your donations are funding in India

The UnionAID project in Tamil Nadu is a really good example of life-changing benefits for a relatively modest investment. A recent evaluation of the project has confirmed that, not only is the project enabling...

Project gains in human rights

Project gains in human rights

Gender equality and women’s empowerment Improved women’s access to entitlements under government and union agreements, strong participation and leadership by women within the union, a reported reduction in domestic violence from 25-15% increasing education...

Union cards free cremation workers from police intimidation

Union cards free cremation workers from police intimidation

Union identity cards have put a stop to police harassment of cremation workers, according to Allahasami, the Cremation Workers’ Union President. Since joining the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU) these illiterate workers asked for...

Comment, Solidarity Autumn 2010

Comment, Solidarity Autumn 2010

Late last year I took part in a participatory evaluation of our UnionAID projects in South India and on the Thai-Burma border. I spent a week with each project and, after meetings and visits...

Madurai Women’s Development Resource Centre

Madurai Women’s Development Resource Centre

The UnionAID project works closely with the Madurai Women’s Development Resource Centre (also supported by NZAID through Christian World Service) which has achieved remarkable success over many years in supporting  and inspiring Dalit women...

The union is making a difference to our lives

The union is making a difference to our lives

My name is Kaleeswari and I live with my family in a small village on the lower hills of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu in South India. There are 32 families in our village and...

Dalit workers get organised

Dalit workers get organised

More than 30,000 Dalit workers in Tamil Nadu have formed local unions over the past 2 years as part of the UnionAID project with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union. 164 local unions work together...

Violations of core labour standards in India – ITUC Report

Violations of core labour standards in India – ITUC Report

“Despite efforts and programmes to address child labour, bonded labour and the position of Dalits, large numbers of people remain in deplorable situations. More than 1.3 million Dalits are estimated to be still employed...