Extreme Inequalities to Better Opportunities

Transformations in Brick Kilns of India

India, which produces more than 249 million clay-fired bricks, employs 20 million workers. Kiln workers, mostly dalit and adivasi family migrants, work 14 hours a day as bonded labourers to pay off advances taken. Women are not on the payroll and not recognised as workers. Women, men and children in the brick kilns epitomises gross discrimination and inequality in the construction sector in India. Brick kilns are also characterized by traditional moulding and firing technologies that consume roughly 35 million tonnes of coal per year contributing to adverse impacts on human health and ecology.

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