CBCI Office for Labour (New Delhi, )


  • Name:Jaison Vadassery
  • Title:Fr.

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  • Organization Name:CBCI Office for Labour
  • Address:CBCI Centre
    1 Ashok Place
    New Delhi 110001

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  • Main phone:911123362907

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  • Mission:
  • CBCI Office for the Labour is committed to the empowerment of the unorganised and the most vulnerable workers of our country India through participatory and collaborative network of civil society organizations, labour movements and individual expertise. It is the network of various labour organisations working for the poor informal workers of the country and want to improve the life situations of the workers especially women through social mobilization, capacity building, livelihood promotion and social security measures.

    CBCI Office for labour envisages integral and participatory development of the unorganised and traditional workers with labour and social justice fully ensured so that they enjoy equal rights and opportunities in the labour domain being provided with fair wages, healthy work environment, etc. and thereby total security of life.

  • Overview:
  • CBCI office for labour stands for the total liberation and inclusive development of the exploited and deprived labour population with full labour cum welfare entitlements and being ensured of Social Security in its overall context – employment security, income security, food security, nutrition security, health security, housing security, life & accident security, old age security, etc. In this respect, in the first place, the CBCI Office for labour is mandated to animate and empower the target groups simultaneous of forging solidarity among them as a cohesive and a confident lot. Equally important would be the assumed role of sensitizing the exploited workers on their rights/privileges and motivate them to demand justice and voice for equal opportunities. Being a Church initiative value education of the workers, family orientation, cultivating civic consciousness, etc. shall be there intact as essential components of the envisaged labour ministry.

    Listed below are some of the other key problems areas of the unorganised labour sector:

    1. The unorganised labour is overwhelming in terms of number and range and hence omnipresent throughout the region.

    2.This sector suffers from cycles of excessive seasonality of employment under conditions of which the workers remain deprived of stable and durable avenues of employment. Even those who appear to be visibly engaged are not substantially or gainfully employed, denoting prevalence of disguised unemployment

    3. There is no formal employer employee relationship in the unorganised sector where middlemen in command exploit the situation

    4. In rural areas the unorganised labour force is highly stratified on caste and community basis.

    5. The caste based and traditional communities are usually subject to a lot of fads, taboos and outmoded social customs with good amount of their earning spent on festivals, ceremonies, etc.

    6. The unorganised workers are paid wages much below than that in the formal sector, even for closely comparable jobs where labour productivity are no different.

    7. Technological innovation/mechanisation in the recent times has taken away considerably the labour availability and means of livelihood of the local labourers and the traditional skilled sector being not able to cope up with the changing trends and situations.

    On the part of the Government, several pro-labour legislations on social security were enacted after the independence of the country in 1947, but the implementation of which is taking place in a slow process with the urban labour and organised/unionised workers mostly benefiting from it. These social security schemes are essentially intended to provide a minimum living to people who are unable to earn due to invalidity, unemployment, old age, etc. Generally, the areas coming under the purview of the social security and welfare provisions are for pensions, death insurance, medical treatment, pregnancy care, educational scholarships, marriage assistance, disability support, housing, purchase of occupational tools, etc. For this matter, there exist wide regional disparities in the promulgation of the Laws in favour of the working class.
    The problem analysis of the context would be incomplete without making a reference to the issue of child labour rampant in the region. Generally, the children in the backward labour communities are subjected to raw deal at schools, may be for their lack of interest in studies and discrepancies in behaviour. Eventually most of them end up their education as drop-outs and become victims of child labour and exploitation.

    In the spirit of the above, following may be noted as the specific objectives of the office of labour,

    • Organize the informal labourers in appropriate format in order to secure justice and all entitlements as per the Law

    • Set in motion NGO backed Labour Movements in all the States in the region duly participated by the labour groups/organization in the respective areas.

    • Protect child rights and combat child labour by resorting to social and legal remedies

    • Mainstream the women labourers into the organised labour sector with equal rights & gender privileges and ensure safety of women in the work place

    • Promote mutual aid micro cooperatives of informal labourers based on occupation and/or proximity of habitation and cultivate thrift & credit habits, besides, common sharing of work, resources, etc.

  • History:
  • CBCI Office of labour has its headquarters in New Delhi is conglomeration of 5 national labour movements and 13 regional labour movements working for the cause of the informal labourers in India. It has been established in the year 1972. It is an organisation promoted by the Catholic Church in India. And also it has its headquarters in at Catholic Bishops Conference of India Centre, New Delhi. In 2002 CBCI Office for labour was instrumental for the formation of Workers India Federation a national platform for the NGOs working with unorganised workers in the country to come together for the policy advocacy with the governments in the Central, State and province levels.

    Obviously the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India shall have its overall authority in the affairs of the project for the very reason that the Labour Office under reference is a vital organ of the Churches apex body. At the conceptualization, planning and management levels the Bishops serving as Chairman and members of the CBCI Labour Commission will have decisive powers with accountability to the Bishops Conference at the national level. Given below are the names of the Bishops presently holding office of the Labour Commission:

    1. Most Rev. Oswald Lewis - Chairman, CBCI Office for Labor
    2. Rt Rev. Jos Porunnedam - Member “
    3. Rt Rev. Thomas Ignatius MacWan - Member “

    At the operational level, there is a full time Executive Secretary at the service of the Commission to fulfill the mandate of the Bishops Body. With effect from January 2013, Rev Fr Jaison Vadassery discharging responsibilities as the executive secretary for the office for labour at CBCI Centre. He is assisted by four staff members at the Central office which is located at the CBCI Head quarters in New Delhi.

    The General Body of the Commission is constituted of Regional representatives from all over India along with the three Bishops. Besides, there is a National Forum on Labour named as Workers India Federation (WIF) constituted under the auspices of Labour Commission in order to complement and substantiate its mission. To elucidate further, WIF would be instrumental in empowering various labour related social organizations and to oversee and coordinate the Labour Movements spearheaded by the Church all over the country. The Federation is composed of leading personalities/representatives from various Christian Labour Organizations/NGOs in the regional and national context.

  • Year established:1972
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Other
  • Identification #:12 A IT Act.

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