Dalit and Tribal Workers in India

Tamil Nadu Labour Union

Tamil Nadu, India

The Tamil Nadu Labour Union in south India organises Dalit and tribal women and men, who are employed in poorly paid jobs such as domestic work, construction, flower selling, quarry work, vegetable growing, rubbish picking and graveyard workers.

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.

UnionAID posts on dalit workers in India:

  • NZEI expands horizons for 643 girls and boys

    Every weekday in the evening, another 88 girls and 55 boys sit down in four new education centres around Madurai slums and villages to do their homework. Over the past ...

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  • Manual workers win back pay in Tamil Nadu

    Ponpondai, a manual scavenger at work

    Over 440 manual scavengers and overhead tank operators in the Madurai area recently received back payments thanks to their union activity. These payments were substantial, ranging from $NZ165-$724 per person, ...

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  • Dalit Workers take Control

    By establishing their own cooperatives, nearly 300 Dalit workers around Madurai will now have the chance to contract directly for jobs. For 85 construction workers, previously on casual or daily ...

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