All India Trade Union Congress

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Full name All India Trade Union Congress

31 October 1920
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

Lala Lajpat Rai : First President
Diwan Chaman Lall : First General Secretary
Members 2,677,979 (2002)
Affiliation WFTU
Key people Ramendra Kumar, National President
Gurudas Dasgupta, General Secretary
Office location New Delhi
Country India
AITUC rally in Alappuzha

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

It was founded on 31 October 1920 in Bombay by Lala Lajpat Rai, Joseph Baptista, N. M. Joshi[2], 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 Gurudas Dasgupta, 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.[3]


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

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