Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The Act has not been sufficiently long in operation to enable us to attempt a detailed review of its working. But the developments of the movement which are already in progress and those which may be expected as a result of the changes taking place in the social and political sphere, together with the advance which we hope some of our recommendations will bring, will probably necessitate its revision in some directions at an early date. The measure was admittedly framed with regard to the fact that the movement was both young and inchoate, and it has helped to give trade unions stability and an enhanced sense of responsibility. We consider that the Act should be re-examined in not more than three years time. If the recommendations made elsewhere regarding the grant of the franchise to registered unions are accepted, these may necessitate the revision at an even earlier date of the provisions relating to the political activity of trade unions. In respect of other provisions, it may be found that some of the restrictions which were regarded as wise in the infancy of the movement are unsuited to a more advanced stage, and all the limitations imposed on the activity of registered unions and their officers and members should be reconsidered. We regard the principle that the grant of privileges should be limited to registered unions as sound, but it is important to ensure that the conditions attached to registration are not such as to prevent any well-conducted bona fide union from applying for registration.