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Worker Co-operatives in India

Is the Kamani experiment, the most celebrated case of worker take-over in India over? What are the lessons it offers?

Managerial Trade Unions

E A Ramaswamy Managers and officers are increasingly banding themselves into collectivities of associations which are gaining the aspect of trade unionism. This paper seeks to present the extent of this phenomenon, the underlying factors responsible for it, the problem of recognition and the associations' response, union-association relations and likely trends in the future.

Trade Unions, Rule Making and Industrial Relations

Industrial Relations E A Ramaswamy This paper seeks to explain industrial conflict and consensus by reference to the process of setting norms. In the context of Indian industrial relations, it is possible to identify different kinds of norms with divergent sources. There are norms by consent; by executive fiat; by third party mediation in the form of conciliation, arbitration or adjudication; and by legislation. There are in addition grey areas where norms have either not crystallised Or are set independently and in conflict by labour and management.

What Education Do Workers Need

E A Ramaswamy this paper is concerned not with education per se, but education that wilt prepare workers for participative management. The essence of participation is joint decision-making on the basis of parity representation. So thoroughgoing a change in the governance of the enterprise requires that workers be educated to face upto the new demands and challenges. What should be the content of this education?

Trade Union Scene Past and Future

Against Naxalites who have been underground for a long time (even before the Emergency was proclaimed) would be revoked. But many Naxalites underground have against them warrants issued under laws other than the detention laws and in connection with cases cooked up by the government to hold them on a short leash.

Trade Unions for What

Trade Unions for What?
E A Ramaswamy THE view that trade unions are a luxury which developing countries cannot afford has deep roots. Simply stated, the argument is that in a society plagued by grinding poverty, providing a basic minimum subsistence must take precedence over all other goals. Since militant union action in pursuit of the narrow interests of organised labour cannot but detract from this all- important goal, trade unions are un- suited to our needs. The strongest advocates of this position are develop- ment-oriented labour economists. They lament the loss in production caused obstructionist trade unions, and yet State to condemn wholesale so essential a trapping of modern industry as the trade union. The alternative is provided by the alluring concept of 'responsible unionism' whereby trade unions would pursue larger national goals instead of the narrow sectional interests of labour. Not surprisingly, 'responsible unionism' has found wide public acceptance. Unenlightened public opinion has always tended to view trade unions as a needless nuisance. To the naive observer there is something sinful in dislocating industry, whereas its normal functioning is a good thing in itself. If the hardships caused by union action are going to be mitigated by loading the labour movement with broader social goals, so much the better. What is Cronical is that trade union leaders themselves have fallen victim to 'res' ponsiblec unionism'. Asoka Mehta, in an article in Economic Development and Cultural Change, pleaded that trade unions in India should work for the overall welfare of the society, and INTUC leaders have reaffirmed their faith in this precept countless times.

Mid-term Poll in a Working Class Constituency in Tamilnadu

in Tamilnadu E A Ramaswamy This study of an election in a working class constituency shows that the voting behaviour in this constituency, consisting primarily of highly unionised textile workers and their dependents, was significantly influenced by the union and political affiliations of the workers.

From Tambu Consciousness to Modern Capitalism

nial tree crops, often with the help of his sons, he did not want to see the fruits of his labour go to his sister's sons. The Tola! devised devious methods to pass on property to their sons. Some even talked of a shift from matrilmy.

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