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The oldest trade union federations in India and one of the five largest.

Founded on 31 October 1920 in Bombay with Lala Rajput Rai as its first

Governed by a body headed by National President Rajendra Kumar and

General Secretary of the AITUC is Gurudas Dasgupta

Founder member of the World Federation of Trade Unions The Membership

of the AITUC is 3.6 million

The unions affiliated to AITUC are from textile, engineering, coal, steel, road
transport, electricity board and of unorganised sector such as beedi,
construction and head-load workers, anganwadi, local bodies and handloom

At present, their greatest need is to organize, agitate and educate. AITUC

must organize the workers, make them class-conscious and educate them in
the ways and interests of common weal

How it started

In October 1920, when MN Roy was laying the foundation of CPI in Tashkent in
Russia, back at home, Lala Lajpat Roy was busy in giving rise to the oldest
trade Union federation of India.

In 1920, India saw more than two hundred strikes, as they were the most
popular means of public protest. Most of these strikes were called by the

On October 31, 1920, the first session of the All India Trade Union Congress
was held at Bombay under Lala Lajpat Roy, thus marking the beginning of

Lala Lajpat Rai (1920)

C.R. Das 1923

Jawaharlal Nehru 1928

Subash Chandra Bose 1929

V.V. Giri 1942

Ramendra Kumar

Partial List Of Affiliates

Andhra Pradesh Auto Rickshaw Drivers and Workers Federation

A.P. Mica Mine Workers Union

Calcutta Hawkers' Men Union

Federation of Chatkal Mazdoor Unions

Nikhila Orissa Beedi Shramika Federation

Patiala Aviation Club Workers Union

Pondicherry Textile Labour Union

Powerloom Workers Union


To establish a socialist state in India.

To socialize and nationalize the means of production, distribution and

exchange as far as possible.

To ameliorate the economic and social conditions of the working class.

To watch, promote, safeguard and further the interests, rights and privileges
of the workers in all matters relating to their employment.

To secure and maintain for the workers :

The freedom of speech

The freedom of press

The freedom of association

The freedom of assembly

The right of strike ; and

The right to work or maintenance


To co-ordinate the activities of the trade unions affiliated to the AITUC;

To abolish political or economic advantage based on caste, creed, community,

race or religion; to fight against all forms of social oppression and injustice;

To fight against all forms of atrocities against women and harassment at place
of work.

The AITUC shall endeavor to further the aforesaid objects by all legitimate,
peaceful and democratic methods such as legislation and, in the last resort,
by strikes and similar other methods, as the AITUC may, from time to time,


A statutory enactment providing for a six-hour working day

Minimum living wage.

Right to work as a fundamental right.

Equal wages for equal work, without racial or sex discrimination.

One month's leave full pay, or an equivalent amount as compensation when

leave is not granted.

Unemployment, sickness, oldage, accident and maternity, insurance,

comprehensive social sequrity scheme to be introduced.

Pension for widowed mothers, unmarried mothers and dependent children.

Proper housing.

Abolition of the employment of children under 15 years of age.


Payment of wages to women workers six weeks before and six weeks after
child - birth.

Abolition of other systems of recruiting labor such as through contractors,

middlemen etc.

Abolition of fines and debts.

Effective control of the subscribers over the provident funds.

Worker's participation in Management.

Protection of environment.

Additional Info

The General Secretary of the AITUC is Gurudas Dasgupta, the Indian policitian
and leader of the Communist Party of India.

AITUC is affiliated to WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions)

Ramendra Kumar President

Amarjeet Kaur Secretary