CEC was conceived in 1982 by a group of radical activist intellectuals as a centre for workers’ educationin Delhi. The founders of CEC creatively responded to the new labour movements that emerged indifferent parts of the country at that time. They got engaged with the independent, alternative trade unionmovements, new mass resistance movements and in particular to those trade union experiences in Indiathat went beyond the traditional trade unionism in organising workers.
CEC focuses on research, campaign, advocacy and alliance building. It supports key concepts, ideas andpolicies that enhance the dignity and power of labour by engaging with workers and small producers. CEChas been a keen observer of India's integration into the global economic system and its impact on workersand small producers. It upholds that labour rights are human rights at the work place.
In partnership with civil society organisations, labour support organisations and people's movements,CEC facilitates to realise this objective. While learning from labour movements, it also contributes towards widening their horizons.
CEC’s Vision is a world where workers and small producers are empowered to lead a life with rights,dignity, equity and justice.
The horrific gang rape of a 23 year old paramedic student in Delhi on December 16, 2012 has brought out the anger in all of us against a crime that has long been committed against women and also grown in recent times.