A network of more than 151 provincial and local informal workers organisations was founded in 2013 to fulfil this vacuum. The Charter believes in the capacity building of network members. This will help the members wage struggles at the provincial and national levels. The capacity building includes an understanding of laws pertaining to informal workers, including the proposed bills on wages, industrial relations, occupational health and safety and social security in the legislature. Currently, no such platform exists in India voicing collective concerns of informal workers. This positioning of being the first and the only network at the national level gives it a competitive advantage.
The network has a grassroots presence in the place in more than eighteen states of India- Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Assam and West Bengal. It has vast experience in negotiating with municipal, state and national governments with the higher participation of both grassroots activists and workers. In this context, the Working Peoples’ Charter envisions that every worker has a right to work and quality employment.
Abhay Kumar | Grameena Koolikaarmikara Sanghatane (GRAKOOS) | Karnataka | Working Committee
Chandan Kumar | Rashtriya Hamal Panchayat | Maharashtra | Organising Secretary
Dharmendra Kumar | Janpahal /Hawkers Joint Action Committee | Delhi | Secretary
Gayatri Singh | Lawyers for Labour | Maharashtra | Vice President
Lourthusamy Arokiasamy | Association of Rural Education and Development Service (AREDS) | Tamil Nadu | Vice President
Meena Menon | Labour Axis | Karnataka | President
Rajendra Bhise | Kamgaar Ekta Union /YUVA | Maharashtra | General Secretary
Rajiv Khandelwal | Aajeevika Bureau | Rajasthan | Vice President
Ramendra Kumar | Delhi Shramik Sangathan (DSS) | Delhi | Tre_a_surer
Sandeep Khare | Dihari Mazdoor Sangathan /AKAM | Uttar Pradesh | Secretary
Sheik Sallauddin | Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers Union (IFAT) | Telangana | Working Committee
Shweta Tambe | Habitat and Livelihood Welfare Association (HALWA) | Maharashtra | Working Committee
Varghese Theckanath | MSI /AP Domestic worker federation | Telangana | Secretary