Center For Workers Education

for building a democratic labour movement in India

Centre for Workers Education (CWE)

Centre   for Workers Education is developing as a strategic research, education,   cultural and information resource center working with various sections of   labour movement for building a democratic labour movement in India.

Idea   and need for Centre for Workers education was conceived by some activists   working in the labour movement in the year 2000. It was realized that the   all-round offensives of globalization and liberalization has resulted in an   overall downfall of the labour movement. To a large extent it has destroyed   the structural base on which the pre-globalization labour movement was based.   The old strategies of organizing and struggle (mainly shop-floor unionism)   have largely become ineffective. In these situations the economism of many   established trade unions has degenerated to the extent that at the ground   they look more like a legal consultancy shops and bargaining experts than the   workers organization. In these situations, organizing the workers and to   empower them to exercise their rights of collective bargaining has become a   challenging task, and it requires a major effort both at conceptual and   practical levels to work out qualitatively new strategies of organizing   workers in qualitatively new conditions.

The situations   are pessimistic only if we believe that there is no alternative. But if we   believe that this is not the end of battle, rather we are entering in a new   phase of struggle with new challenges and new opportunities, then there are   reasons to believe that in long term perspective new situations are far more   promising for labour movement than the earlier phase. For example, the   scattering of the assembly lines and informalisation of labour has made   shop-floor unionism difficult, but it has opened immense opportunities for   organizing the workers in industry level unions (rather than factory level)   and industry level bargaining (rather than factory level bargaining), raising   the consciousness of workers beyond shop-floor, building solidarity between   informal and formal workers, building the base of workers organizations in   society (community unionism) rather than only at shop-floor and therefore   also expanding the base of union activities in society and developing concern   for broader socio-economic (questioning the development strategies), cultural   (caste and gender issues, other social evils, rising individualism and   consumerism etc) and political (broader issues of democracy) issues of   working class rather than only on factory related issues. Building the broader   solidarity of the working class is inbuilt in these strategies. There   strategies will in turn increase the power of working class at shop-floor   also. Moreover, unrestricted mobility of capital, scattering of global   assembly lines and export oriented development based on FDI is increasing the   risks for the workers to alarming levels, but it is also compelling and   providing opportunities for workers to develop a international solidarity of   workers. Global assembly line has also created opportunities to build   solidarity of industrial workers with other sectors of workers including the   self employed producers.

However,   to address these challenges, the most important task is to develop   conceptually sound, well informed, well exposed and well trained workers’   organizers, researchers and campaigners who are able to articulate and   conceptualize the new dynamics of realities, educate the workers and lead a   collective process at gross root level to evolve new strategies, new ways and   new means to organize the workers in present conditions. This task can not be   addressed by few persons or few trade unions in isolation, but it needs a   collective effort at national, regional and international level. The   interdependence and interlinking of fate of the workers at regional and   global level in this phase of globalization not only compels to widen our   horizons of work and forge broader alliances both at grass-root level and   national-international level, but also provides opportunities for it.

Center   for workers Education was formed by the activists (with many years of   valuable experience in the labour movement) to work in the direction as   articulated above. Initially it started working informally with coordinated   efforts of activists. Leaflets-pamphlets on various issues were published and   distributed among workers in NCR region of Delhi from time to time. Small   meetings of workers in labour colonies were organized time to time as   educational workshops on labour issues. Lastly in July 2011 it was given a   formal shape with a formal organizational structure and well defined programs.

Vision

Centre   for Workers Education (CWE) seeks to develop as a strategic research,   education, cultural and information resource partner of working class   movement in India in the struggle for socio-economic transformation for   building a democratic society based on social, cultural, environmental,   economic and political equality, decent and safe jobs, and sustainable and   eco-friendly development

Mission

Centre   for Workers Education is to support and contribute towards building a strong   and democratic working class movement in India, by way of its multifarious   activities of research, education and campaign in collaboration and   partnership with various like minded organizations

Our Work

Centre   for Workers Education engages in education and training of grass root organisers in peoples’ movement and trade unions. It also condusts research and engages in campaigns on the issues relevant to labour and people at large. It also provides information, consultation, publications,   documentation, and internships, networking, and related services to workers organizations,   academics and researchers on labour issues. 

CONTACT US

Centre for Workers Education (CWE)

Address:305-C, Pocket-N, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi-110076

Phone: 9711381113

Email: workerscentre@gmail.com

Our Ongoing Activities and Plans

Areas of Work

1. Workers Education and Training

2. Workers Organising and Slodarity

3. Research

4. Campaign

Education and Training

1. Organising education and training programs for grass root activists working with our allies

2. Organising education and training programs for trade unions

3. Plan to develop education and training materials and initiate three levels of training of grassroot organisers working with people’s organisations and trade unions with a perspective to develop well  informed, well exposed and well trained organisers capable of leading the movements

4. Plan to develop training materials and initiate education and training programs on Occupational Health and Safety particularly in stone quarries, garments, and electronics

5. Plan to develop workers centers in industrial centers or workers colonies as educational, cultural and organising centers for workers

6. Plan to start education centers/schools for children of workers

7. Plan to organise a cultural group of workers, which may help in awareness building and organising campigns in great way

Organising and Solidarity

1. Organising education and training programs for workers as a strategy to help them to organise themselves. Primarily the focus of this program is on organising the garment workers in Delhi and Noida

2. Organisning and participating in solidarity actions in support of struggling workers. Producing campign materials and organisng campaigns in support of workers facing various kinds of repression

3. Plan to take up an initiative for organising coperative of workers. May be on experimental basis as part of action research to see the scope of building cooperatives as an organising strategy. May be production cooperative for home based workers or self employed producers to organise them at work place OR consumer coperatives for workers in general to organise them in society

Research

Focus of our research is on following areas:

1. Working conditions and related issues in Garments, Automobile, electronics and stone quarries etc

2. Rural workers

3. New ways of organising

4. Challenges of globalisation

5. Occupational Health and Safety

6. Challenging of Informalisation of labour and global value chains

7. Social exclusion and Labour

Campaigns

1. Social security for all

2. For protection of labour rights

3. Ensure Health and Safety at work and in society

4. Challenging the corporate led globalisation

5. Social exclusion and Labour

Publications

1. Publishing leaflets and pumphelets time to time on various issues as Education and campign materials

2. Publication of research reports and working papers

3. Plan to translate all working papers and reports in hindi and other indian languages of the states where our allies are working

4. Plan to produce reading materials for workers education in hindi and other indian languages where our allies are working

 5. Plan to publish a magazene in Hindi primarily fullfilling the need for developing well informed, well exposed and well trained organisers. The magazene can be translated and printed in other indian languages by our allies in various states.

Plan to gradually develop a South Asian Labour Resource Centre

 

Join us in building a democratic labour movement in India

In   the current situations, organizing the workers and to empower them to   exercise their rights of collective bargaining has become a challenging task,   and it requires a major effort both at conceptual and practical levels to   work out qualitatively new strategies of organizing workers in qualitatively   new conditions.

However,   the situations are pessimistic only if we believe that there is no   alternative. But if we believe that this is not the end of battle, rather we   are entering in a new phase of struggle with new challenges and new   opportunities, then there are reasons to believe that in long term   perspective new situations are far more promising for labour movement than   the earlier phase. For example, the scattering of the assembly lines and   informalisation of labour has made shop-floor unionism difficult, but it has   opened immense opportunities for organizing the workers in industry level   unions (rather than factory level) and industry level bargaining (rather than   factory level bargaining), raising the consciousness of workers beyond   shop-floor, building solidarity between informal and formal workers, building   the base of workers organizations in society (community unionism) rather than   only at shop-floor and therefore also expanding the base of union activities   in society and developing concern for broader socio-economic, cultural and   political issues of working class. These strategies will in turn increase the   power of working class at shop-floor also. Moreover, unrestricted mobility of   capital, scattering of global assembly lines is increasing the risks for   workers to alarming levels, but interdependence and interlinking of fate of   workers at regional and global level compels and also provides opportunities   to widen our horizons of work and forge broader alliances both at grass-root   level and national-international level. Global assembly line has also created   opportunities to build solidarity of industrial workers with other sectors of   workers including the self employed producers.

However,   to address these challenges, the most important task is to develop   conceptually sound, well informed, well exposed and well trained workers’   organizers, researchers and campaigners who are able to articulate and   conceptualize the new dynamics of realities, educate the workers and lead a   collective process at gross root level to evolve new strategies, new ways and   new means to organize the workers in present conditions.

Join this initiative and become active or supporting member of the Centre for  Workers Education.

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This entry was posted on August 27, 2012 by in Social Security and Labour Law.

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