The second Annual Conference of all network members of Tamil Nadu Alliance held on 05th March in Parsons Court Hotel. The registration session was from 09.30 am to 10.00 am followed by welcome address of Mr. Ruba Balan, the Founding Member of Tamil Nadu Alliance. Silent prayer has observed by the attendees of the conference for the demise of Mr. Paul Baskar, Founding Member TNA and Mr. Jaleel, Program Advisor, Freedom Fund.
Mr. Thangaperumal Ponpandi has inaugurated the conference by lighting the lamp and delivered inaugural address and congratulate the TNA for taking up the vision of promoting a fair and equitable labor standard in Textile and Garment industries across the region.
Mr. Annamalai, Children Believe has delivered key note address. He congratulated TNA for functioning as network of networks. He also emphasized that it is very important to working together for social change in this era. Further he addressed that post pandemic the child labor and child marriage issues are increasing day by day, we have to work vehemently these issues in the field. Compared with a single organization, the network of Civil Society organizations can make a greater change in the community.
The Convener, Mr. A. Aloysius provided a brief orientation on the objects of the second annual conference of Tamil Nadu Alliance. He presented a document on major achievements of TNA, he listed a few like:
• Oriented more than 500 participants – police personnel, journalist in Asian School of journalism, college students and NGO staff members on human trafficking.
• 1.5 million signatures received from 23 states – demanding Rs.6000 per month for at least four months to affected families during lockdown and submitted to PMO.
• Sent appeal letter to all members of Minimum Wages Committee – Rs.18000 as minimum wage
• 15000 post cards to MWC members for fixing minimum wages.
Through his presentation delegates had a clear picture on objectives of the conference and the achievements by TNA during 2020 March to 2021 March, particularly during pandemic lockdown.
Followed by, Mr. Prithiviraj Co-Convener of TNA provided an orientation on TNA declaration. He briefed about the background and details of Tamil Nadu declaration and framework of action and the key areas of cooperation with brands to ensure effective protection of worker’s rights in spinning mills. Transparency, policy development and engagement, fair and equitable purchasing practice, worker centered monitoring mechanism and grievance mechanisms were discussed in detail. He informed that 33 brands have agreed to sign our declaration and it would create a positive impact on the textile industry and the worker’s rights. He further emphasized that we should stick on our policy areas and invite the multi stakeholders for working collaboration according to it.