[India] Living on the Margins: A Study of Domestic Workers in Chennai
by the Centre for Workers' Management
Abstract: This study traces the changes in domestic work as a result of the transformation in class relations and family restructuring in India. It also delves into the caste dynamics and the reorganisation of residential colonies in urban areas that today define how domestic workers are viewed in society. It therefore opens up the discussion on how to organise domestic workers in the changed economic and social climate. The study is based in Chennai and draws on the experience of organising domestic workers of the Penn Thozhilalar Sangam.
Authors: The authors acknowledge the support and help of Sujata Mody, the President of Penn Thozhilalar Sangam, in conceptualising this study.
Dithhi Bhattacharya is the executive head of the Centre for Workers’ Management, a trade union resource centre.
Meghna Sukumar is a labour researcher and the organising secretary of the Garment and Fashion Workers Union.
Mohan Mani is the research head of the Centre for Workers’ Management.
The Centre for Workers’ Management (CWM) is a trade union resource centre founded in 1991 by trade unionists and social activists with the mandate to advance workers' self management and industrial democracy. This mandate continues to guide CWM's engagement with trade unions and social movements.