Women's Committee

HMS Initiates Campaign for Labour Rights for Women in India 

HMS with the support of ITUC has, launched a sustained campaign, which intends to redress the discrimination faced by working women in labour market including unequal pay, non compliance of national labour legislation on minimum wage, precarious employment, maternity protection and violence at the work place

The campaign is being carried out in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Target areas are being selected on the basis of maximum project impact and trade union presence. With the following activities:-

  • Setting up a campaign group.
  • Development of communication and campaign materials.
  • Local awareness programmes.
  • District Level Programmes.
  • Approaching and influencing local representatives:-MPs and MLAs
  • Hand over memorandum to concerned government officials
  • State level rallies

 A two days National /Launching/ Training/ Planning Workshop on “Labour Rights for women workers”  for HMS Campaign group was held at Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) from 7th  to 8th June 2012 with 25 participants from identified states.

The objectives of the workshop were: 

  • To develop a common and shared understanding of ”Labour Rights for Women Workers” in India.
  • To develop Campaign skills of HMS leaders  Involved in the Campaign
  • To finalize Campaign plan at Local, district and state levels

 Com Champa Verma, Chairperson, All India Women Committee Hind Mazdoor Sabha while welcoming the  guests and participants said that the sustained campaign can be used as a “Significant tool for Empowerment of Women Workers”, and was also in conformity with the philosophy of HMS. She said that the aim of the campaign was to raise awareness among women workers concerning their problems, to share and disseminate the best practices of organizing activities and to help participants to ensure enrolment of more and more women workers as member of the unions to be able to raise strong voice against any injustice to them and protect their rights.

She said that the Programme was meant to sensitize the state coordinators and campaign organizers to understand the importance of Labour rights for women workers at workplace and also in the union. The Workshop would also plan campaign strategies to enable them to undertake further activities in their respective states. Com. Champa said initially we have identified 3 states only but with the campaign getting pace it may spread over to other areas also. Four Thousand Five Hundred women workers will be made aware of their rights and importance of forming and strengthening trade unions to fighting out these rights

Major problems of women workers and target sectors were identified in Group Work.

Campaign activities will be organized in these sectors concentrating on the identified issues. It was decided to organize four Local awareness camps and Two District level sensitization workshops for women workers in each indentified state on strengthening and empowerment of women workers at different places with an intake of 30-40 participants/activists per camp. The programme will be coordinated by State Coordinator and will be conducting by campaign organizers with an objective to sensitize the participants on their rights and obligations. Women workers so trained would be spreading the message at grass root level and motivating all stake holders for their active participation in the campaign. One public rally is to be organized in each state preferably at the state capital. A memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister will be handed over to the Chief Minister/Labour Minister/Labour Commissioner/District Magistrate as the case may be.  Meeting of campaign group will be held at New Delhi every four months to monitor the progress of the campaign.

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