Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The question of insistence upon registration stands on a different footing. As the law stands at present, registration generally involves no obligations that a bona fide union should not be willing to undertake. It necessitates a regular constitution, a periodical audit, the composition of the executive so that a majority may be workers, and the separation of political funds, which can be collected only from those members who are willing to contribute. In return for compliance with these provisions, the union receives definite advantages. There is. therefore, a presumption (though no certainty) that a union which declines to register is not a bona fide organisation. Similarly the fact of registration creates a presumption in favour of the genuineness of the union. The desire to secure recognition has been a motive underlying registration, and registration has led in many cases to recognition. In a number of instances, employers have declined to recognise unions that are unregistered, and some were under the impression that registration made recognition obligatory.
We recognise that there are questions of principle with regard to political funds which, if they arise, may modify the position in the future.