The ITUC-AP in collaboration with the Hind Mazdoor Sabha and Maniben Kara Institute held an Evaluation and Training Workshop under the “Project for Organising Kenduleaf, Beedi and Construction Workers” in Odisha, India, on 15-16 February, 2014 in Puri. The objective of the project was to carry forward the work done during the implementation of the previous project with the objective of organizing kenduleaf, beedi and construction workers in Odisha. The Evaluation and Training Workshop was to evaluate the project activities and enable the union to decide future course of action. 32 participants, including eight women, from throughout the state participated in the workshop.
During the workshop the participants explained the various activities undertaken under the project which included develop organisers’ capacity, organising, promoting self-help groups, access to government programmes and schemes, meetings, and campaign, lobbying, information dissemination, etc. While sharing their experiences in organizing these informal economy workers, the participants narrated the various obstacles faced in organising. It was revealed during the workshop that membership of the union has reached an astounding figure of 900,000 which enabled them to register a membership of 1.7 million under the HMS in Odisha state in the current verification process. The participants drew a plan of action for further consolidation and organising workers in these three sectors.
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