Centre for Workers’ Management (CWM) is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1991 under the Societies Act. CWM has been involved in various activities related to research, training, issue-based advice and campaign and information dissemination on areas of industrial democracy and workers’ rights. It has a constituency of workers and workers’ organisations with which it interacts actively, and which benefits from its inputs. CWM was involved in helping workers’ organisations in sick enterprises to prepare rehabilitation packages and to argue their case for the revival of sick enterprises as workers’ co-operatives. Consequent to the process of liberalisation, there has been a major change in the attitude of various government agencies towards rehabilitation of sick companies and, in particular, towards worker initiatives in this direction resulting in a decline in interest in this kind of activity.
CWM’s emphasis is now on activities related to research, training, issue-based campaigns and information dissemination on areas of industrial democracy and workers’ rights. Its core areas of work are the issues of minimum wage, contract work and social security. There is now a shift in CWM’s work, from sporadic demand based activity, into a framework that advances the pedagogy of movements so that it becomes institutionalised as mechanisms of strategising and strengthening workers organisations. CWM has employed an iterative style of functioning which is learning from the experience of movements and translating that learning and knowledge of changes in the economy, the society and the polity into future strategy.