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Trends in Trade Union Movement

   Posted On :  14.06.2018 12:48 am

A major trend witnessed these days is the change in the attitude of unions towards management, industry, government and the economy. Unions are becoming increasingly mature, responsive and realistic in their thinking and action.

Trends in Trade Union Movement

A major trend witnessed these days is the change in the attitude of unions towards management, industry, government and the economy. Unions are becoming increasingly mature, responsive and realistic in their thinking and action. Gone are the days of catcall strikes, bandhs, gheraoes and violence.

Depoliticisation of unions is another trend witnessed these days. The trend towards depoliticisation started in the 1960’s and received further boost in the post-liberalization era. The experience of politically free unions is pleasant; reinforcing the belief that the farther the unions are from politics, the more advantageous it is for them.

Workers associations in our country are highly fragmented and the consequence has been the multiplicity of unions. Multiplicity is caused by ideological rifts, personal ambitions of leaders, craft divisions among workers and the management’s own myopia. The multiplicity of unions weakens the bargaining strength of employees.

One of the defects of the trade union movement in our country has been the phenomenon of outside leadership. Individuals who were not connected with a factory would assume the leadership mantle of the union.

The clout of the central trade unions, which peaked during the post nationalization years, has started waning. One of the reasons for this trend is the gradual realization on the part of the workers, who are young and well educated, that independent unions are more advantageous than all India federations.

Faced with the problem of declining membership and the fear of losing their relevance, trade unions are taking initiatives to fight unitedly. Many unions, including those affiliated to Left parties, have joined together to fight for such causes as disinvestments, closure and modernization.

Professionlisation of trade union movement is yet another trend witnessed these days. To counter criticism and to fight organized forces of employers, trade unions, through various institutions such as Ambedkar Institute of Labour Studies, Maniber Kara Institute and National Labour Institute, are trying to upgrade the leadership quality, personnel as well as the services rendered.
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