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Emergence of Managerial Unionism in India

The present paper, based on data gathered through field-study in five large public sector undertakings, studies the emergence and development of unionism among managerial employees. The circumstances which gave rise to managerial unionism are examined in order to explicate this phenomenon sociologically and structurally and to establish the historical and organisational limits of such activity TRADE unions have been traditionally associated with the lower level employees who are popularly classified as manual workers in industrial nomenclature. However, gradually non-manual and clerical employees got attracted by the idea of trade unionism which led to the development of while-collar unionism [Bain, 1970]. Emergence of managerial unions* in the form of associations and guilds among the managerial employees (officers and executive) is a comparatively recent phenomenon, The latter, however, enjoy no legal recognition or statutory protection within the purview of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, Nevertheless, managerial unions have made significant progress in India during the recent past [Kanhere, 1987], Eventhough managerial unions are not totally absent in the private sector, they arc largely concentrated in the public sector in India, Increasing instances of organised protests by officers/executives in the public sector in differed parts of the country during the recent years provide forceful evidence of the growing tendency amongst professional managers to engage in trade union activities. The formation Of national bodies such as the National Confederation of Officers' Association (NCOA) of CPSUs, the Confederation of Associations of Public Sector Undertakings (CAPSU), the National Centre for Officers

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