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The Madras Labour Union

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The very first labour union in all of India was started in 1918, when workers of the Buckingham and Carnatic Mills formed the Madras Labour Union (MLU). The MLU's founding president was B P Wadia, an Indian theosophist and labour activist. Considered to a be defining point in the labour movement history of the country, the event is presented in detail by D. Veeraraghavan in his book âMaking of the Madras Working Classâ. From the reduction of workloads to eight hour working days, the MLU fought and won several rights of the workers. The office of the trade union was located on Strahans Road at Perambur, and is a sad, decaying state today.

Location: The Madras Labour Union