HMS CAMPAIGN FOR THE RATIFICATION OF ILO CONVENTIONS 87 AND 98 (ON FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING) AND CONVENTION 138 AND 182 (ON CHILD LABOUR)
Founded in December 1948, Affiliated to ITUC
Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) has its origin as a historical imperative. In the wake of India's independence after nearly two centuries of foreign subjugation, the few national trade unions centers were functioning as the labour wings of different political parties that gave rise to the growing realisatition among the workers of the imperative need for the country's working class movement to be free from the misuse by the political parties for getting their narrow party ends served. It was this realisation that made the 600 delegates participating in the founding conference on December 24, 25 and 26, 1948, with the mandate of over 600,000 workers organised under 427 trade unions, to take the historic decision to form an independent and democratic labour organisation under the banner of Hind Mazdoor Sabha.
Since then HMS has been functioning as an independent and democratic trade union centre free from the pulls and pressure of the political parties, employers and the government. HMS, however, is not to be construed as being apolitical. It stands for industrial democracy, workers' education, cooperative movement and for building the trade union movement as an effective instrument of the country's socio-economic transformation with social justice. The national centre is inalienably committed to the values of democracy as it believes that the economic gains at the cost of liberty and democracy are in the long run counter-productive. At the same time, the survival of democracy is dependent on the betterment of the working and living conditions of the millions of economically active people who are the real producers of the nations wealth.
HMS is against the concept of a market-driven economy and privatisation as the panacea for all the ills of human resource surplus developing economy like India with acute economic and social disparities and formidable poverty and unemployment. The free market is solely profit oriented and has no social concerns. For a country's balanced development with equity, the State should play a regulatory role.
HMS is non-sectarian in its policies and programmes. It is not merely demand and conflict oriented. The all round development of the workers and their families is its constant endeavour and towards this end, HMS encourages and assists its affiliates to take up various non-traditional activities, such as elimination of child labour, gender awareness, environmental protection, combating HIV/AIDS, adult literacy and campaign against social evils. HMS is of the firm view that all these objectives could be meaningfully achieved by a single, strong and united trade union movement and is constantly in pursuit of this goal.