Dalit and Tribal Workers in India

Dalit workers in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Labour Union in south India organises dalit* and tribal men and women, who are employed in poorly paid jobs such as domestic work, construction, flower selling, quarry work, vegetable growing, rubbish picking and graveyard work. Traditionally these groups have not been organised and they are highly vulnerable to exploitation. Hundreds of local leaders have been trained and union and cooperative membership has built to more than 30,000.

Your support helps train and organise cooperatives and unions so dalit and tribal men and women can increase their family’s income and also gain respect and recognition in their wider community.

Women basket weavers are forming a cooperative based business

Members of the Basket Weavers Cooperative in Tamil Nadu

*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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