Dalit workers in Tamil Nadu
The Tamil Nadu Labour Union in South India organises dalit* men and women, who are employed in poorly paid jobs such as scavengers, sweepers, quarry workers, 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 membership has built to more than 30,000.
Your support helps train and organise cooperatives and unions so dalit men and women can increase their family income and also gain respect and recognition in their wider community.
*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.”
UnionAID posts on dalit workers in India:
In June 2017 UnionAID volunteer and NZEI Te Riu Roa staff member Gina Lockyer visited Tamil Nadu to evaluate the project run by the TNLU providing after school education to ...Read more
Old coins, waste paper, copper, plastics, wire and other metals found in household rubbish have for years provided a meagre income for rag pickers from thirteen Madurai slums. But these ...Read more
Everyday Senhol Mary starts out before dawn, walking for nearly an hour through the streets of Madurai to get to the house of the family she works for. Like millions of ...Read more
174 domestic workers trained Traditionally underpaid and often exploited, domestic workers in Madurai city have learnt how to use modern technology like washing machines, microwaves and food mixers. Through the TNLU ...Read more
From the slums of Madurai to the hillside villages of Kodaikanal, Dalit and Tribal children are proudly teaching their parents how to write their own names in a remarkable new ...Read more
UnionAID’s cooperative and union building project in Tamil Nadu, will also provide evening education centres for the children of workers. These centres are being funded by NZEI TE Riu Roa. Dalit and ...Read more
Raja Lakshmi, President of the Gypsy Craft Cooperative, has seen children’s school attendance rise from 37% to 93% in her community. Belonging to the Vegetable Producers Cooperative means Ranjith Kumar can ...Read more
Based on the demonstrated successes of our South India project, new cooperatives will be set up for rag pickers, street vendors and women tailors in Madurai city, and Tribal people ...Read more
Over the next three years thousands of Dalit and Tribal people will benefit from a new UnionAID project in Tamil Nadu, India. In partnership with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union ...Read more
Our three year cooperative and microenterprise project with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union has been successfully completed. We are very proud of this project that has helped over 1150 Dalit and Tribal workers ...Read more