Hind Mazdoor Sabha

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Full name Hind Mazdoor Sabha
Founded 29 December 1948
Members 3.3 million
Affiliation ITUC
Key people Sharad Rao, president
Harbhajan Sing Siddhu, general secretary
Office location New Delhi, India
Country India
Website [1]

The Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS, a Hindi name with approximate meaning 'Workers Assembly of India') is a national trade union centre in India.


The HMS was founded in Howrah on 29 December 1948, by socialists, Forward Bloc followers and independent unionists. Its founders included Basawon Singh (Sinha), Ashok Mehta, R.S. Ruikar, Maniben Kara, Shibnath Banerjee, R.A. Khedgikar, T.S. Ramanujam, V.S. Mathur, G.G. Mehta. R.S. Ruikar was elected president and Ashok Mehta general secretary. HMS absorbed the Royist Indian Federation of Labour and the socialist Hind Mazdoor Panchayat[citation needed]. In March 1949, HMS claimed to have 380 affiliated unions with a combined membership of 618 802.[1][2]


According to provisional statistics from the Ministry of Labour, HMS had a membership of 3,342,213 in 2002.(13% of the total trade union membership in the country).[3][4]

International affiliations[edit]

In 1949 HMS became a founding member of the ICFTU.[2] Currently, it is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.


  1. ^ Park, Richard L.. Labor and Politics in India, in Far Eastern Survey, Vol. 18, No. 16. (10 August 1949), pp. 181-187.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ indianexpress.com
  • 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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