National Conference on Negotiating Globalization: Trade Unions and Labour in Contemporary India


Papers are invited for a multi-disciplinary National Conference on Negotiating Globalization: Trade Unions and Labour in Contemporary India to be held on 22nd and 23rd September, 2016 in the Salt Lake Campus of the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK).

Papers focused on nature of collective bargaining and trade union organisations in a context of changing nature of labour processes and conditions under globalization are invited.

Conference Issues

a) Status of Trade Union movement in India: In the last 25 years, how far has the trade union movement been successful in protecting the rights of the workers? What are the factors that are responsible for the current state of trade union movement?

b) Informal Sector and Trade Union: What is the extent of penetration of the trade union movement in the informal sector? Are there specificities in the manner of mobilization and issues in informal sector?

c) Politics and Trade Unions: How do trade unions negotiate the political space? Does larger politics determine trade unions’ strategies? Is labour and trade union able to intervene effectively in the mainstream political discourse?

d) Role of State: How does the state look at labour and the trade union movement? Has there been a change in discourse? If so, how?

e) State Experiences: Does the experience of the trade union movement differ across states of India? Are there lessons which states can learn from each other?

f) Strategies: Has there been a change in strategies with respect to the articulation of demands and mobilization of the workers, since the advent of globalization? Do these strategies vary across states and industries?

g) Gender and Trade Union: How do trade unions understand the question of gender?

h) Caste and Trade Union: With the rise of caste based politics in India, has the trade union movement suffered? How do unions respond to issues of caste?


Please send an abstract of not more than 500 words, along with your CV to [email protected] and [email protected]


Submit abstracts by 15th June, 2016.

The authors of selected abstracts will be informed by 30th June, 2016.

Full paper is to be submitted by 9th September, 2016.

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