HEALTH PROBLEMS AND STATUS OF WOMEN MATCH STICK WORKERS IN THOOTHUKUDI DISTRICT
Match industry workers development should be viewed as an issue in social development but also seen as an essential component in every dimension of development. The match industry is considered a vital one in many respects. It provides major employment opportunities to workers in Thoothukudi district. The present study is an attempt to study the problems faced by the workers of match industry in Thoothukudi District. In Thoothukudi district, employment not possible throughout the year, low piece rate, most of the workers are not getting HRA and loss of life was found to be the major problem among the match industry workers. The findings of the present study will be highly useful to the workers, chambers of commerce associations, State and Central Government and employers of the match industry in particular to improve the quality of the life of workers in the match industry. The study suggested that, the government must be strict enough to make the owners to implement the welfare measures for the benefit of workers and care must be taken for the welfare of the workers in the match industry at various levels. Labour leaders must be involved in the policy formulation and other decision making process relating to the welfare of the match stick workers.
Match stick, Women, Workers, Health, welfare