About Us

The Centre for Labour Research and Action works to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers in India’s vast informal economy.

Founded in 2006, CLRA was initially part of Prayas, a rights-based NGO in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. In 2010, CLRA was registered as an independent society and trust based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Having worked with some of the most marginalized communities in the country for close to two decades, CLRA has over time evolved its own paradigm for building worker power and advancing social justice. Recognizing seasonal labour migration as a crucial survival strategy for the rural poor, CLRA addresses the systemic challenges these workers face, including low wages, unsafe conditions, and lack of legal and social protections. Through worker organization, action research, and policy advocacy, CLRA aims to bring about meaningful change, ensuring that migrant workers and their families can live and work with dignity in both their source and destination locations.

Vision & Mission


CLRA is dedicated to realizing a future where every worker is recognized, valued, and able to lead a life of dignity, equity, and justice. It works towards a future where labour rights are universally protected and enforced, and where political will and policy paradigms are responsive to the needs of the most marginalized workers. CLRA envisions a society where empowered workers and communities challenge and transform oppressive systems, dismantling systemic barriers to economic and social justice.


CLRA is committed to securing the rights and entitlements of migrant workers in India’s vast informal economy. It strives to build worker power by building capacities, nurturing community leadership, and supporting workers’ organizations. CLRA provides migrant workers with legal support to combat bondage, wage theft, violence, and discrimination, and also connects them with essential public services and government programmes. It studies and documents the socioeconomic conditions of, and systemic challenges faced by, migrant workers, shedding light on injustices and highlighting the voices of the most vulnerable. Insights from its research and practice inform policy advocacy efforts and partnerships to drive change at scale.

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