All India Trade Union Congress

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Full nameAll India Trade Union Congress
Founded31 October 1920 (99 years ago) (1920-10-31) at
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Lala Lajpat Rai : First President
Diwan Chaman Lall : First General Secretary
Members2,677,979 (2002)
Key peopleRamendra Kumar, National President
Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary
Office locationNew Delhi
AITUC rally in Alappuzha

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) is the oldest trade union federations in India. It is not Politically affiliated to any political party including the Communist Party of India. But itself is the third largest Communist Party in India after CPI and CPI(M). According to provisional statistics from the Ministry of Labour, AITUC had a membership of 2,677,979 in 2002.[1]

It was founded on 31 October 1920 with Lala Lajpat Rai as its first president[2] in Bombay by Lala Lajpat Rai, Joseph Baptista, N. M. Joshi,[3] Diwan Chaman Lall and a few others and, until 1945 when unions became organised on party lines, it was the primary trade union organisation in India. Since then, it has been associated with the Communist Party of India.

AITUC is governed by a body headed by National President Ramendra Kumar and General Secretary Amarjeet Kaur, both the politician affiliated with Communist Party of India.

AITUC is a founder member of the World Federation of Trade Unions. Today, its institutional records are part of the Archives at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, at Teen Murti House, Delhi.[4]


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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "All India Trade Union Congress". Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ N. Jayapalan (2001). History Of India (from National Movement To Present Day), Volume 4. Atlantic Publishers. p. 139. ISBN 9788171569175.
  4. ^ "Archives". Nehru Memorial Museum & Library. Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  • ICTUR et al.,, ed. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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