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Social Justice and Labour Jurisprudence

Social Justice and Labour Jurisprudence
Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer's Contributions

First Edition
  • Sharath Babu - National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, India
  • Rashmi Shetty - National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, India

May 2007 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This comprehensive book traces the growth of labour jurisprudence in India and provides a clear understanding of the content of these principal judgements.

The Supreme Court of India has always had pro-socialist judges, the most prominent of them being Justice V R Krishna Iyer. His contributions to labour jurisprudence are legendary. This book analyses and critiques the most important judgements delivered by Justice Iyer from the perspective of social justice. The judgements are arranged contextually in accordance with the subject and within the framework of prevailing industrial laws.

The authors elaborate on the key aspects of industrial relations in India and provide a clear understanding of the linkage between labour issues and the philosophy of the Constitution as perceived by Justice V R Krishna Iyer.

List of Cases
Justice V R Krishna Iyer
Industrial Jurisprudence
Threshold Part Issues under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947
Collective Bargaining Agreement Issues
Maharashtra (Recognition of Trade Unions and Prevention of Unfair Labour Practices) Act, 1972
The Government's Power of Reference of Industrial Disputes
Industrial Adjudication
The Concept

Voluntary Arbitration as a Mechanism for Dispute Settlement
Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946
Change of Service Conditions
Restrictions on the Freedom of the Employer

Disciplinary Proceedings
Lay-Off and Retrenchment
Labour Employed through Middlemen
Their Rights

Wages and Monetary Benefits
Social Security and Welfare

This book…is essentially meant for lawyers and judges dealing with labour law…the basic aim…is to impart an understanding of the very linkage between labour issues and constitutional philosophy as perceived by Justice V R Krishna Iyer.


It is a must for students, trade unionists, academicians, lawyers, judges and more particularly, the judges of the Supreme Court, where we are noticing a wind of change, and to the people in public life. It will be a ready reference for further studies on any topic in industrial jurisprudence.

Economic & Political Weekly

Social Justice and Labour Jurisprudence is a labour of love, a paean of praise, and a faithful recording of Krishna Iyer’s work. Its collection of interpretations and judgements, steeped in Iyer’s egalitarianism and humanitarian philosophy, is no doubt valuable in itself.

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