International Working Women’s day was a moment to bring women workers and women and reflect on their condition through various events in the city. On March 8th and 9th, we bring a sample of 3 events by the unions.
Forum for IT Employees distributed pamphlets in the IT corridor of OMR to IT workers to highlight the inequality and unsafe working conditions faced by women workers in IT sector. They have placed several demands including implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, Government hostels for women workers, pay parity and maternity benefits. A copy of the pamphlet is attached here.
AICCTU and AIPWA conducted a public meeting in Ambattur on March 8th at the busy intersection of Ambattur Industrial Estate. AICCTU and AIPWA representatives highlighted the increasing sexual violence and murder of women including Nandhini in Ariyalur. They targeted the BJP’s anti women harassments and pointed to the Russian Revolution which incorporated women’s freedom and equality hundred years ago in 1917. The organizations pledged their commitment to increased working women’s struggles in the state.
At the Women’s Day meeting organised by Penn Thozhilalargal Sangam and Garment and Fashion Workers Union, leaders from 20 branch unions from Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur districts came together to take stock of the various struggles of the union as well as share their concerns. There was discussion on child sexual abuse and lack of safety for workers’ children as well a skit performed by workers on alcoholism and how it affects the family. Garment workers shared experiences of harassment on the shop floor, Com.Elizabeth, General Secretary of GAFWU said that women must start reporting instances of sexual harassment. Com.Sujata Mody also spoke about the on going struggle for minimum wages for domestic workers and garment workers