Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Two other minor amendments appear to us to be desirable. (i) Section 22 requires that ordinarily not less than half the officers of a registered trade union shall be actually engaged or employed in an industry to which the union relates. " Officers " here includes the executive. In view of the desirability of securing that the members of a union take an active part in its work, we consider that two-thirds would be a more suitable minimum. As there is no limitation to the size of the executive, this will not restrict the number of outsiders that can be included, and may lead in some cases to an unduly large executive.
But we think that the inclusion of a larger proportion of workers may assist in furthering that education of the ordinary members in trade unionism which is so much needed, and in helping them to feel that they are responsible for the conduct of their union. We believe that the desirability of the higher proportion is already recognised in practice by the better unions, (ii) It appears to be the case that registered trade unions are precluded from initiating and carrying on co-operative societies. We recommend that the obstacles be removed. The maintenance of co-operative credit or supply societies, subject to the usual safeguards. is an activity which we should like to see undertaken by trade unions.