Union experience of social dialogue and collective participation in India

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Abstract

The labor regulatory framework in India provides a conducive environment for social dialogue and collective participation in the organizational decision-making process (Venkata Ratnam, 2009). Using data from a survey of workplace union representatives in the federal state of Maharashtra, India, this paper examines union experiences of social dialogue and collective participation in public services, private manufacturing, and private services sector. Findings indicate that collective worker participation and voice is at best modest in the public services but weak in the private manufacturing and private services. There is evidence of growing employer hostility to unions and employer refusal to engage in a meaningful social dialogue with unions. These findings are discussed within the political economy framework of employment relations in India examining the role of the state and judiciary in employment relations and, the links between political parties and trade unions in India.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmployee voice in emerging economies
EditorsAmanda Pyman, Paul J. Gollan, Adrian Wilkinson, et al
PublisherEmerald
Pages45-71
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78635-239-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-78635-240-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Industrial and Labor Relations
PublisherEmerald
Volume23
ISSN (Print)0742-6186

Keywords

  • collective participation
  • India
  • party-union links
  • social dialogue

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    Badigannavar, V. (2016). Union experience of social dialogue and collective participation in India. In A. Pyman, P. J. Gollan, A. Wilkinson, & et al (Eds.), Employee voice in emerging economies (pp. 45-71). (Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations; Vol. 23). Emerald. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-618620160000023003