Tamil Nadu, India

Dalit cremation workers

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. Your support helps provide them with training and education on labour and human rights and gender equality. Hundreds of local leaders have been trained and union membership has built to more than 30,000. Collective action has achieved respect for workers as well as tangible benefits.

*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.”

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