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Full-time Trade Union Leaders & the Societal Context: The Bosses & Deputies

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 52 Issue 2

Published: 2016
Author(s) Name: Pravin J. Patel | Author(s) Affiliation: Former Vice-Chancellor, Sardar Patel University & former Prof. of Sociology, M.S. Univ. of Baroda.
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Abstract

The weakness of the contemporary trade union movement is mostly attributed to the introduction of economic reforms and new labor practices of the postliberalization era. This, however, neglects the role of the trade union leaders and the social milieu in which they functioned. Based on a micro-level study of full-time trade union leaders of the pre-liberal period of Baroda city, Gujarat, this paper argues:(i) the social milieu constricted the influence of full-time leaders and (ii) the trade union leadership constituted an influence structure, consisting of a hierarchy of leaders designated as Bosses and Deputies.

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