Indian Workers' Association


Indian Workers' Association


  • Intro

    Founded in Coventry in 1937, the Indian Workers’ Association was a social welfare organization fighting for better working and living standards for its members.


    A working class movement, its membership was open to Indian labourers, sailors, factory workers and pedlars. Some middle-class Indians also joined. Its aim was to protect and improve conditions of Indian workers and to campaign for independence. It also established links with the British labour movement.


    Based in the Midlands, it had branches in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Glasgow, London and Bradford. Although it declined after 1947, it revived in the 1950s with a new generation of migrants from India.


    Shelfmark: L/PJ/12/645

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