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Changing lives and livelihoods in Tamil Nadu

Shrinking debt and growing incomes are the new reality for 580 Dalit and Tribal workers from the hills and slums around Madurai, according to survey data collected in the field. These workers are all members of six new workers’ cooperatives established by our project partner, the Tamil Nadu Labour Union. The benefits of working collectively …

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Myanmar Unions Growing

When UnionAID was established in 2009 trade unions were illegal in Myanmar.  Our friends in the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB) like Min Lwin and Htwe Nge lived in exile on the Thai border, unable to return to their homes from fear of imprisonment by the military junta. Since 2012, when Myanmar moved …

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Dalit Workers Gaining Freedom

Since 2011 the focus of our work in India with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU) has been on establishing co-operatives with Dalit and Tribal workers so they can gain independence from money lenders and middlemen that have kept them trapped in a cycle of poverty. Over 2,175 men and women have joined these small …

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Rangsit and Area Labour Union Activity Not Stopped by COVID-19

The lockdown in Thailand has not prevented union leaders from starting a new ambitious UnionAID funded project. Trialling a video link, they have run their first of twenty study groups, in this case to prepare factory workers for their upcoming negotiations with their medical supplies company. Other planned topics include how to engage youth and …

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Fiji Women Ambitious for Living Wage

In February UnionAID supported the National Union of Factory and Commercial Workers to hold its first ever two-day Women’s Conference.  On day one 40 NUFCW members heard from some of Fiji’s leading women’s rights advocates on topics including violence against women, CEDAW and pay equality. Over day two the participants planned actions for their local …

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Lockdown in Tamil Nadu Pushing Informal Workers to the Edge

The vulnerability of India’s 450 million informal workers has been exposed as the nation entered a 21-day lockdown in March. These men and women rely on their day-to-day earnings to support their families with little opportunity to save and no government welfare to support them. For these working people a 21-day lockdown presents them with …

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A group photo of attendees at the Living Wage traiing held in Auckland

A Living Wage for Fiji?

In July Kuini Lutua and Jolame Vosa from the National Union of Factory Workers (NUFCW) joined union and community activists in New Zealand for a week long training workshop on the Living Wage Movement.  UnionAID arranged the visit with funding from MFAT to introduce Fiji unions to the skills and strategies behind the very successful …

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Eight women sit on a stage holding certificates presented by the UN-ESCAP

Manohari Doss’ Leadership Recognised

Manohari Doss, leader of the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU), has been recognised as one of seventeen transformative Asia Pacific women leaders at the UN – ESCAP, Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference, in Bangkok this November. She was invited to speak as a panellist at the launch of the report “Pathways to Influence: Promoting the Role …

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A room full of workers seated in a conference room, most have a hand raised to vote to become part of the Rangsit and Area Labour Union Group

Union Project Builds Momentum in Rangsit

By using a wide range of thoughtful strategies, the Rangsit and Area Labour Union Group (RLUG) can boast significant successes in building the union and improving lives. Over the past year under the UnionAID funded project in Thailand, RLUG has: signed up three new unions increased membership to 60% in five of their nineteen unions …

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Two boys practice their spelling on a small chalkboard

Children’s voices inform education policy

At a unique workshop organised by TNLU recently for both children and their teachers, children from the evening education centres were asked about their likes and dislikes. They identified their top likes as grandparents, parents, and family members; to be loved, cared for, and shown affection; and to play games, dance and act – like …

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