Free Online Course on The Political Economy of Trade Union Movement in India by TISS [Jan 6-9]: Register by Dec 15: Expired

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Registrations are invited for Free Online Course on The Political Economy of Trade Union Movement by TISS on 6-9 January 2021. The last date of registration is 15 December.


The trade union movement in India has a chequered history in India. Industrial relations was defined by an institutional framework where the state played a mediating role between capital and labour. Trade unions’ inability to extract ‘concessions’ from employers was the result of an alliance between the state and domestic capital, and labour’s interests were seen as something to be accommodated and not maximised.

The nature of trade union movements changed further with the introduction of economic reforms in the 1990s. The trade unions mainly derived their membership from public sector undertakings (PSUs), banking and insurance.

The steady pace of privatisation challenged this traditional base of trade unions and forced them to organise workers in the informal sector. Over the last three decades, the number of contract workers has risen sharply in the organised manufacturing sector. In the absence of supportive laws, the task of organising contract workers has become more difficult.

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The challenges before the trade union movement have been further accentuated by the emergence of the platform economy and gig workers, where existing institutional arrangements of labour struggles are rendered irrelevant. The recent changes in labour laws where existing laws have been converted into four labour codes have posed new challenges to the trade unions.


  • Industrial relations since the Economic Reforms
  • Contemporary legal regime and labour in India
  • Informal Workers and Organisation/unionisation
  • Platform Economy and Gig Workers
  • Women workers’ organisation in India
  • Resistance, Solidarity and the Future of Work


The workshops are for early-career researchers. Candidates should have a master’s degree in any discipline of social sciences and humanities. They should preferably be enrolled either in the MPhil/ PhD programme or teaching in a college/university.


  • To register for the course on “The Political Economy of Trade Union Movement in India”, click here.
  • The application form should be mailed to patnacentre[at]
  • There is No fee for the courses announced above.

Important dates

  • Last date for receiving application: 15 December 2021.
  • Announcement of selected candidates: 20 December 2021


15 hours (one-credit).

Click here to view the official notification of Free Online Course on The Political Economy of Trade Union Movement in India by TISS.

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