AT-GASSROOTS SOCIETY (ATG), works rigorously towards the betterment and upliftment of the marginalised and vulnerable communities, aiming at their overall social economic development. While working directly with such groups in different parts of the country, ATG identified major issues, vulnerabilities and challenges amongst such communities, who in the process of gaining better livelihood and income have become part of the ‘labour mobility’ and the workforce ‘at risk’ facing many forms of exploitation and abuse. In recent times, we look at labour migration occurring domestically or internationally across different sectors of work which pose a serious challenge and threat for the communities who are still migrating, planning to migrate, their families, their employers, the non-governmental bodies, CBOs and the government, for ensuring their safe movement. The current migrant force, majority are uneducated and unaware of the risks involved in migration, the processes and steps involved in safe migration, etc. This drives them into serious risks and problems such as; human trafficking, loss of money, cheating/frauds by illegal recruiters, exploitation by their employers, unfair wage practices and working conditions, etc.
At ATG, we are thus looking at the overarching ‘migration’ theme as an opportunity to dive deep into the issues pertaining to it and hence aim at creating approach of “capacity building, stakeholder engagement for lowering the risks of the migrant workforces” and “creating an enabling environment to work and promote safe migration within India and abroad”.
To work with key focus, we have adopted multi-pronged strategies which are:
Project Name:Promoting Worker Rights in the India-Gulf Migration Corridor
Supported by: The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, US Department of State
In Partnership with:Verité (an US based organisation)
ATG is currently implementing this project with 3 partner NGOs in Uttar Pradesh. The project has recently been completed with 2 partner NGOs in Kerala also. The focus of the project is on promoting the rights of migrant workers and safe and fair labour migration from South Asia to the Gulf States through a three-pronged strategy of:
The major roles of ATG in the project are: