Tirupur Peoples Forum (TPF) for Environment and Labour rights organised block-level programmes to create awareness of labour laws and rights amongst women employed in the textile sector.
TPF comprises civil society organisations working for the rights of children, women and labour.
The programme was conducted at Budalur block in Thanjavur district and Ponnamaravathi, Annavasal and Viralimalai blocks in Pudukottai district. It also attempted to create awareness of the importance of education and prevention of dropout amongst girls.
The dropouts are recruited in textile and garment industries in Dindigul, Coimbatore and Tiruppur, violating child labour laws of the country.
TPF volunteers teach women workers of textile industries to understand labour laws, gender equality in the workplace and legal frameworks in place for their protection.
SM Prithiviraj, Convener, TPF said there was a need to fully realise the promise of the ILO convention on elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the Tamil Nadu Hostels and Homes (Regulation) Act 2014.