What Works for Workers’ Cooperatives? An Empirical Research on Success & Failure of Indian Workers’ Cooperatives


This paper was sponsored and presented by and at ILO, Geneva, Switzerland.
This paper analyses selected and most celebrated 10 workers’ cooperatives from India, registered under different legislation like Cooperative Society Act, Companies Act, Trade Union Act, Public Trust Act and Society Registration Act and working in different area using different structure of business. We analyze what worked for their success or what went wrong.

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Keywords: Indian workers cooperatives, trade union cooperative, Bombay Dabawala, SEWA
JEL Classification: P1, J5

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