Working Peoples' Charter

Working Peoples' Charter process is an initiative to bring together all organizations working with, and organizing people dependent on the informal sector.

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Imagine a world without workers

We envision that every worker has a right to work and quality employment. It is working towards issuance of occupational identity cards for all informal workers, which allow them access to the social security entitlements.

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Informal Workers

Informal Workers

Employment in the informal sector is characterized by seasonality of employment, scattered workplace, no employer-employee relationship, poor working conditions, irregular and often long working hours, low-productivity and poor earnings, exposed to various forms of insecurity and health hazards, limited access to credit, legal protection and government support and lack of social security. Know more...

Corona Pandemic and the impact on informal labour

Corona Pandemic and the impact on informal labour

We, the representatives of workers collectives are extending support of dry ration and basic essentials, spread awareness and advocate with the government to strengthen public healthcare and economic assistance in 19 states! Know more...

Labour Law Reform

Labour Law Reform

Amidst the micro and macro-economic crisis, the union government has aggressively pushed the agenda of labour law reform, by stating the intention of simplifying old and complex 44 central labour legislation. Know more...

Social Protection

Social Protection

Social Protection is a commons, emerging from the democratic and participatory actions of citizens with demands for public authorities. Know more...

Partners and Allies

Partners and Allies

The network has grassroots presence in more than nineteen states of India. Know more...

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Labour Axis

Labour Axis

Knowledge and Research: WPC works with a knowledge network called Labour Axis, that has researchers who work with the network to help in formulating positions, and informing campaigns. Know more...

India LabourLine

India LabourLine

With the help of Ajeevika Bureau, WPC has set up an all India national Mediation and Legal Aid Centre with links in different states to help workers, especially migrant workers to ask for help with the issues they may be facing at their places of work, and to provide information that can help them to access their entitlements Know more...

What We Do

Working Peoples’ Charter- a network of more than 150 provincial, local organizations of informal workers, was founded in 2013 to fulfil this vacuum. The Charter believes in capacity building of network’s members. This will help the members wage struggles at provincial and national level. The capacity building includes understanding of laws pertaining to informal workers, including the proposed bills on wage, industrial relations, occupational health and safety and social security in the legislature. Currently, there is no such platform existing in India voicing collective concerns of informal workers. This positioning of being the first and the only one network at national level gives it a competitive advantage.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity to finish the unfinished agenda of entitlements and advancement of the informal workers. Portable identity across state borders along with universal social protection including living wages, pension, maternity, health entitlements, and unemployment allowance are urgent needs of the hour. In the absence of this, the current state of informal workers in India looks bleak. Absence of urgent economic support will only further their already existing vulnerabilities, marginalization, and exploitation. They will continue to be treated as disposable and stateless persons.

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