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

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Industrial Conflict in India in the Post-Reform Period

Who Said All Is Quiet on the Industrial Front?

The processes of liberalisation, globalisation, and privatisation were expected to weaken the bargaining power of workers vis-à-vis employers and lead to a reduction in the number and frequency of industrial conflicts. However, the reform measures were in some cases successfully opposed by trade unions, and in some cases they also led to aggressive labour market practices by employers. This has resulted in tensions, work stoppages, and even violence. Even unorganised workers have participated in these agitations in a big way. This paper examines the features of industrial conflict using both official data and qualitative information as official statistics do not adequately capture the variety and dynamics of industrial conflicts.

I thank XLRI for providing me a short period of study leave for enabling collection of data and the participants in a seminar organised in honour of L K Deshpande in July 2012 in Mumbai for their comments. Thanks are also due to an anonymous referee of this journal for suggestions. I dedicate this article to Prof L K Deshpande.

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