The Brick Kiln Workers’ Union of Rangareddy, India, shows solidarity with comrades in the UK We work with a project to organise brick kiln workers in India. The project has been highly successful, with a new union formed, and well-attended public meeti …

Walton Pantland
The Brick Kiln Workers' Union of Rangareddy, India, shows solidarity with comrades in the UK

The Brick Kiln Workers’ Union of Rangareddy, India, shows solidarity with comrades in the UK

We work with a project to organise brick kiln workers in India. The project has been highly successful, with a new union formed, and well-attended public meetings.

The formation of the Brick Kiln Workers’ Union of Rangareddy has already resulted in significant wage hikes and an end to some of the worst abuses. In addition, union involvement has enabled many workers to register for social services for the first time, allowing children to go to school and families to receive medical care.

In some cases, the threat of unionisation has lead bosses to pre-emptively improve conditions, which is a massive victory. In other cases, our Indian comrades have been viciously attacked.

When Indian brick kiln workers learned that GMB and Unite brick kiln workers at Environmental Kiln Operatives in Peterborough, UK, were on strike, they were quick to express their solidarity. They sent us the above picture from a solidarity vigil they held.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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