The membership of the Textile Labour Association as it slands in April 1976 is 1,25,423 while it was 1,11,296 in 1967.
The strength of the Union depends upon the consciousness created among the rank and file workers of the Union. Mahatma Gandhi had made it crystal clear that the existence of the Union is not merely for securing some economic gains for its members but it is for achieving an all-round development of working class, as a whole. Keeping this view in mind, the Association strives to educate the rank and file by holding meetings at mill-gates and also in their residential localities.
The rates of subscription payable by members are prescribed on the basis of wages earned by the Joint Board of Representatives from time to time. The present rate of subscription was fixed by the Board some years ago. The minimum subscription per member is one rupee per month and maximum at Rs. 3.50 per month. The aggregate annual income of subscription paid by members of the Association amounts to about Rs. 22 lakhs, on the average at present.
The Association every year prepares the annual budget consisting of various items of expenditure under four main heads. The expenditure for different heads in the year 1976 was as under:
1. Industrial activities Rs. 5,94,250
2. Social Welfare activities Rs. 1,99,300
3. Social Betterment activities Rs. 2,24,200
4. General Administration Rs. 12,94,700
Total Rs. 23,12,450
The Administrative Set-up of the Union Work:
The administrative set-up of the day-to-day work of the Association is based on the prescribed chart of activities (vide Appendix). There are three main Divisions:
I. The Administrative Division II. The Complaints Division III. The Social Work Division