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:
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
Increasingly experts are questioning the role of aid in the reduction of poverty. Some are even suggesting that at times it might contribute to the problem. So what development programmes ...Read more
Gareth Morgan has agreed to match us dollar for dollar up to $30,000 a year with our fundraising for the new Tamil Nadu project. Thanks to hard work from UnionAID ...Read more
An online database has been developed with the help of Susan Iversen of Karo Data Management in Wellington. This will provide statistical information to evaluate the Tamil Nadu economic development project. To gather ...Read more
An exciting new UnionAID project in South India will develop 5 cooperative based businesses and more than 120 micro-enterprises over the next 3 years. This new project will build on the ...Read more