Workers India Federation launched

posted 27 May 2010, 21:00 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 27 May 2010, 21:09 ]
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Labour Commission has launched a national organization called Workers’ India Federation, including local YCW and Christian Worker movements, during a three-day workshop at Bangalore, May 20-23. 

The orgnaisation is created to work for the welfare of the workers, majority of who belong to the unorganized sector, the CBCI announces. 

The Commission chairman Bishop Oswald Louis in his inaugural message said, “Workers’ India Federation is a CBCI response to unorganized workers of India”. 460 million of India’s workers, 93% are estimated to belong to the unorganized workers, those who are deprived of legal and social protection announced the first elected office bearers. Mr. Rajamoni from Tamil Nadu , President, Mr. Joseph Jude from Kerala ,General Secretary, Mr. R.Alvin Devas Maharashtra , Treasurer are the main office bearers of WIF.

The Workers India Federation is a federation of all regional and national workers’ organizations of CBCI. WIF has 8 regional and 5 national movements which are spread over 120 districts of India. WIF ‘s affiliated movements are Christian Workers Movement of India (CWM), Young Christian Workers Movement of India (YCWM), Apostolate of Seafarers of India (AOS), Pastoral Care for Nomads of India (PACNI), National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM), Swanthra Nilmana Trade Union (SNTU) of Construction Workers, Kerala Labour Movement, Karnataka Labour Federation, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Labour Commission,Western (Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra ) Region Labour Commission, Agra Region (Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand) Labour Commission, Northern region (Delhi, Punjab and Jammu Kashmir) Region Labour Commission, Tamilnadu Labour Commission.and Andhra Pradesh (A.P) labour Commission.

WIF is also proposing to assist the government by opening facilitation centers for dissemination of important information to the working class with social security schemes and programmes. Early steps in this direction have already been taken by WIF to build up a strong nation with secured workers. WIF is now a registered body. The Labour Department of union Government has approved WIF as an organization for unorganized workers, which may be able to achieve national trade union status for unorganized workers of India in near feature.


CBCI Labour Commission Launches Workers’ Federation (Catholic Bishops Conference of India)