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LIVES IMPROVED FOR THOUSANDS OF WORKERS

Manoharam from the Narikuravar Craft Cooperative beading a necklace The lives and livelihoods of nearly three thousand Dalit and Tribal workers and their families in the Madurai area have been significantly improved through their active involvement with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU). Projects funded by UnionAID have seen 2,790 scavengers, cobblers, basket weavers, street …

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NEW APPROACHES TO UNION BUILDING ATTRACT YOUNGER GENERATION

An emphasis on bringing in a new generation of potential union leaders has seen the increasing participation of young women workers on Rangsit and Area Labour Group (RLUG) committees and in other union activities near Bangkok. All session reporting is conducted either by one man and one woman, or two women – to build confidence …

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BUILDING POWER IN THE PHILIPPINES CALL CENTRE INDUSTRY

Increasing repression of trade unions and COVID-19 restrictions have not stopped staff at BIEN in the Philippines continuing to build the power of call centre workers. Eight workshops with these workers have seen BIEN, the BPO Industry Employees Network, develop a comprehensive set of policies to reform the sector and give workers the security and …

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$US9.5 MILLION BACK PAY FOR BANGLADESH GARMENT WORKERS

Concern that garment members were having their employment terminated unlawfully because of the impact of Covid-19 on the industry, prompted the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) to take action. With no social security nor savings because of their low wages, these mainly women workers had nothing to fall back on when they were laid off, …

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Fight Back for Myanmar Democracy

The stop-work protest initiated by nurses and doctors two days after the recent coup in Myanmar is now a massive country-wide movement of young people, factory workers, teachers, engineers and civil society staff. Acts of defiance include a nationwide strike on February 22nd, the noisy banging of pots and pans by neighbours when activists are …

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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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