Workers reading the union demand charter Many workers from the brick kiln industry are bonded labourers. They suffer from beatings, violence and summary dismissal, and employers often withhold wages. Many brick kiln workers are migrants who travel from …

Walton Pantland

Workers reading the union demand charter

Many workers from the brick kiln industry are bonded labourers. They suffer from beatings, violence and summary dismissal, and employers often withhold wages. Many brick kiln workers are migrants who travel from the countryside for season work.

Prayas Labour Centre visits villages to make people aware of their rights, record and report abuses, and organise workers into a union. They have been very successful with the latter, and in areas where the unionisation process is mature, there has been a significant increase in wages, and people are getting access to social services such as health care and education for their children for the first time.

Prayas is doing excellent work in the field, and USi is raising money to support this effort from union branches across the UK, Ireland and further afield. This is grassroots international trade union solidarity in action, and it’s making a real difference in thousands of lives.

The regular video links and reports demonstrate transparency and gives us an opportunity to see the value of the work being done.

Here is a video conversation with Sudhir Katiyar of Prayas, our project partner.

You can watch the video:

Our listen to the audio:

 

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This video gives an indication of some of the conditions faced by brick kiln workers:

 

This is the report from Prayas, detailing progress made over the past quarter in spreading awareness and organising the brick kiln industry:


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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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