Chapter 4

Trade Union Movement in India Upto 1949

Chapter Objectives

This chapter will enable the students to explain:

  1. The broad features of early labour organizations in India and the factors leading to the formation of modern trade unions in the country
  2. The factors leading to the formation of the All India Trade Union Congress, its early leadership and the reasons for splits in the organization
  3. The circumstances leading to the enactment of the Trade Unions Act, 1926, and the implications of the legislation for the growth of trade unions in the country
  4. The impact of the ‘great depression’ on trade union movement in the country
  5. The role of Congress ministries formed under the Government of India Act, 1935, relating to labour and trade unions ...

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