This is also more than the total membership size of all trade unions in the previous survey conducted in 2008
Early data emerging from the ongoing survey of trade unions in India have revealed they are growing by leaps and bounds from what they were five years ago, contrary to popular belief they are losing their sheen and diminishing by size with the rapid contractualisation of labour.
Going by data from various trade unions, submitted by them to the union labour ministry as part of the survey, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), affiliated to the Congress party, has emerged as the biggest of the seven central trade unions, with a membership of 33.3 million. This is against its earlier size of a mere 3.9 million.
This is also more than the total membership size of all trade unions in the previous survey conducted in 2008, signifying a giant leap in the size of unions, coinciding with the economic slowdown, which was supposed to push workers into the arms of unions.
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), lenient to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is in second place after INTUC, with 17.1 million members.
In the 2008 survey, BMS had been the leader, with a membership of 6.6 million, while with 3.9 million members, INTUC held the second position.
The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), affiliated to the Communist Party of India, has retained the number three slot with a 14.2 million membership, up from 3.4 million in 2008.
Following it is the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), an independent union, with 9.1 million members, up from 3.2 million in 2008. The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), with 5.7 million members, remains on the fifth slot. Its membership has been growing less dramatically than the rest from the earlier figure of 3 million.
Other central trade unions include United Trade Union Centre, which has claimed a membership of 4.7 million, Trade Union Coordination Centre with 1.6 million, Self Employed Women's Association with 1.3 million and All India Central Council of Trade Unions with 2.5 million.
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