All India Trade Union Congress is the oldest trade union
of India, established in 1920, History of AITUC is
coterminous with the history of organised labour movement
in India. Since its birth, AITUC has had a major role to
play in mass movement phase in India's freedom struggle.
The records of the AITUC were acquired from the extant
collection of AITUC Central Office, New Delhi and Ajoy
Bhavan, New Delhi. They consist of about 1700 files on
various subjects pertaining to a) internal organisational
matters b) International links of AITUC. c)
Correspondence with State units. d) Major industries such
as Coal, Iron and Steel , Ports etc. e) Major events and
strikes . These files are mainly from the period of
immediate post independence i. e 1947 , though there are
some older files also available. An interesting set of
files are about the activities of the Party and Trade
Union relation in 1947-1949 when the Communist Party of
India was underground. The pamphlet collection in
possession of the Archives of Indian Labour was also
acquired from the above sources. These collections
represent only a part of the voluminous publications,
which were brought out by the AITUC. The Archives has
total of 160 pamphlets of AITUC for the period 1928-1996.
AITUC pamphlets collection comprises of for major
groupings a) Organisation reports such as Reports on the
annual sessions and conferences of AITUC, Reports on
General Council and Working Committee Meetings of AITUC.
b) Reports on major Govt. labour legislation and
tripartite meetings. c) Pamphlets of major strikes,
industries and current issues of importance to the labour
movement. d) Reports on international issues and events.