UnionAID Blog

Building bridges in Sri Lanka

Building bridges in Sri Lanka

A new UnionAID project is currently being piloted in Sri Lanka which seeks to build relationships, and community activity, across ethnic groups who have been divided by the bitter civil war. UnionAID has forged...

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...

Getting value for your donation

Getting value for your donation

UnionAID works in several ways to ensure that every dollar you donate makes the maximum contribution possible to helping workers in developing countries improve lives. Firstly, we keep our administration costs to an absolute...

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...

New Zealand Premiere of Breaking the Silence: Burma’s Resistance

New Zealand Premiere of Breaking the Silence: Burma’s Resistance

A new Canadian documentary directed by Pierre Mignault and filmed secretly inside Burma showcases the country’s little known networks of resistance movements. It sheds light on the enormous risks taken by ordinary Burmese, and...

Solidarity, Spring 2009

Solidarity, Spring 2009

The first issue of Solidarity, the newsletter of the Unions Aotearoa International Development Trust, is available below. This issue focuses on some of the work UnionAID partners are doing with dalit workers in Tamil...

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...