Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
As the foregoing remarks indicate, an accurate numerical estimate of the strength of trade unionism is almost impossible. In Bombay the Labour Office recorded the existence of 93 unions claiming 120, 000 members in September 1930, but this includes some unions which do not cater for industrial workers. For the rest of India no complete record is available, but the numbers in the aggregate are probably about equal to those of Bombay. At the end of 1929, 87 unions claiming 183, 000 members had been registered under the Trade Unions Act; of these 38 with 90, 000 members were registered in Bombay Presidency. The All-India Trade Union Congress had affiliated to it in December 1929, 51 unions claiming 190, 436 members; but this included one large union whose figures were questionable. Membership is everywhere loosely defined, and many unions retain on their books members who have long ceased to pay subscriptions. At least one union has been formed which claimed no subscription from its members.