ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Workers' Discontent and Form of Trade Union Politics

An assessment of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union's struggles against the Suzuki management in Manesar (Gurgaon) reveals that like central trade unions, plant unions also tend to reproduce a form of bureaucratic functioning. This results in a split between leaders and the rank and file - a tendency which often leads to the betrayal of the interests of the struggling workers. This propensity of isolation of the rank and file in workers' struggles is a product of the complex process whereby the trade union form of politics has been integrated within the legal apparatus of the bourgeoisie-friendly state.

Maya John ( is a political activist pursuing doctoral research at the University of Delhi.


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