Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
This period was one of growth and consolidation. With the passing of the economic stress and of the acute political turmoil of 1918-21, many ad hoc unions disappeared and some leaders lost interest; but there remained a number of genuine organisations, and these grew steadily in numbers and quality, in spite of local checks and universal handicaps. The strengthening of individual unions was accompanied by an increasing cohesion in the movement as a whole. The foundation in 1920 of the All-India Trade Union Congress marked the first recognition of the common interests of labour throughout the country. It has held annual sessions in various centres, and has served as a meeting place for those most actively engaged in trade unionism, as a platform for the enunciation of labour policy and as a link between trade unionism in India and in Europe. The participation of trade union leaders in International Labour Conferences and other international meetings gave the movement encouragement and greater unity, while the inclusion in the Assembly and Councils after the Reforms of a few nominated labour representatives assisted by giving it further cohesion.