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The Concerned for Working Children India CWC Charity Profile
The Concerned for Working Children (CWC) have been working in the field of child labour since 1980. In its early years, CWC was involved in the unionisation of the informal sector where children below the age of 14 years comprised nearly 40 per cent of the total work force. These children, who in many ways were more militant than the adult members were deeply disappointed when they found that the agreements as a result of collective bargaining had not given them any benefits as laws did not recognise them. They wanted to change the law to one that recognised them as workers and protected them as children at the same time. The children and the members of the union embarked on an exercise to draft an alternative legislation for working children in 1985.