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The Ambekar Institute for Labour Studies (AILS) was established in the year 1976. The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and the Rashtriya Mill Mazdoor Sangh, (RMMS) were the pioneers of the AILS.

The AILS is registered under the Public Trust Act, 1950, The Societies Registration Act, 1860, The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976, and the Income Tax Act.

The Institute has been named after the late Shri G.D. Ambekar, the founder of the RMMS, one of the most dynamic leaders within the INTUC and its international representative, a workers member of the Governing Body of International labour Organisation (ILO), and an important spokesman of the International confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).

The main emphasis of the Institute's work is to achieve better industrial harmony through capacity building of the trade unions. Undertaking research on labour related issues and dissemination of the findings among the trade union leaders through training programmes, seminars and conferences are the main functions of the Institute.

At the initial stages of the Institute it received active support from the International level organizations like ILO and ITUC. It also received support from GUFs like ITGLWF. It has developed fraternal relations with the International Institute for Labour Studies set up by the ILO, The Textile Workers Asian Regional Organisation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Social Accountability International, and IndustriALL. etc. During last three years the AILS has developed good relations with the European Institute for Asian Studies, European Union Delegation to India and is receiving their support.

The AILS has also developed cordial relations with prestigious institutions like VV Giri National Labour Institute, The N.M. Lokhande Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies, Central Board of Workers Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences etc.

The AILS has a well equipped reference library with over 20,000 books and 50 periodicals and journals. It has a good collection of rare ILO publications and old journals. It provides clipping services on political, economic labour and social affairs from selected newspapers, periodicals and journals.

The AILS has published more than 200 research/ survey/ seminar reports, training manuals, copies of which are available on request.

Two years ago, the AILS announced a "Chair of Excellency". Eminent personalities who have worked in the field of labour and economics and who have made valuable contribution to the trade union movement and in uplifting the labour standards are honored with this title for a specific period. Dr. B.R. Rairikar was the first person honored with this title.

On Going Activities

The Institute is participating in a joint project on "Impact of the EU-India FTA on Human and Social Rights Issues. The other partners are The Maniben Kara Institute, Mumbai and the European Institute.

The Ambekar Institute for Labour Studies (AILS)

Mazdoor Manzil, G. D. Ambekar Marg, Parel,
Mumbai - 400 012, India.

Tel : 022-24146861
Fax : 022-24151664
Email : ails_mumbai@mtnl.net.in

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