Dalit workers in Tamil Nadu
The Tamil Nadu Labour Union in South India organises dalit* men and women, who are employed in poorly paid jobs such as scavengers, sweepers, quarry workers, and graveyard workers. Traditionally these groups have not been organised and they are highly vulnerable to exploitation. Hundreds of local leaders have been trained and union membership has built to more than 30,000.
Your support helps train and organise cooperatives and unions so dalit men and women can increase their family income and also gain respect and recognition in their wider community.
*Once known as untouchable, dalit is the name preferred by those at the bottom of the Hindu caste system in India. It means “downtrodden or oppressed.”
UnionAID posts on dalit workers in India:
UnionAID’s cooperative and union building project in Tamil Nadu, will also provide evening education centres for the children of workers. These centres are being funded by NZEI TE Riu Roa. Dalit and ...Read more
Raja Lakshmi, President of the Gypsy Craft Cooperative, has seen children’s school attendance rise from 37% to 93% in her community. Belonging to the Vegetable Producers Cooperative means Ranjith Kumar can ...Read more
Based on the demonstrated successes of our South India project, new cooperatives will be set up for rag pickers, street vendors and women tailors in Madurai city, and Tribal people ...Read more
Over the next three years thousands of Dalit and Tribal people will benefit from a new UnionAID project in Tamil Nadu, India. In partnership with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union ...Read more
Our three year cooperative and microenterprise project with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union has been successfully completed. We are very proud of this project that has helped over 1150 Dalit and Tribal workers ...Read more
Once shunned by society, the Dalit (untouchable) and Tribal (indigenous) worker participants in our project now talk proudly about how they are recognized as people and even receive letters from ...Read more
Ross Wilson, Christine Ross and Helen Wilson from UnionAID visited the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU) Dalit and Tribal Workers Economic Development Project from 4th-6th March, 2013. This three year ...Read more
Our project partners, the Tamil Nadu Labour Union, in India have been busy. The 151 marginal farmers who have joined the Agricultural Farming Co-operative have had their soil tested and ...Read more
Standing Tall – Stunning photos of Dalit and Tribal workers from the Tamil Nadu Labour Union project
Don’t miss UnionAID’s new South Indian photo exhibition Standing Tall Stunning photos of Dalit and Tribal workers from the Tamil Nadu Labour Union project Supported by UnionAID 12th – 25th March De Luxe cafe Next to ...Read more
The sixth issue of Solidarity, the newsletter of the Unions Aotearoa International Development Trust, is available below. This issue introduces new projects in Sri Lanka and the Pacific, as well ...Read more