The Trade Unions Act, 1926

The Trade Unions Act, 1926, provides the workmen right to form unions in order to have collective voice to press their demands and to fight against exploitation which may even go to the extent of ‘strike’ as per the provisions of the Act.

Trade Unionism is a social movement and not a business proposition. It is observed that while Trade Unionism is spreading upward to include officers and managers, there is much neglect at the lower levels. The hundreds of small firms, workshops etc which dot our towns and cities have also been left out of the labour movement. Taking into consideration that there is much exploitation in these sectors and that the need for unions is acute, the Joint Labour Commissioner cum Registrar of Trade Unions, registers unions as per the provisions of the Trade Unions Act, 1926. There are about 21 nos of Trade Unions within the State.