Employers’ Federation of Southern India

Head Office
The Employers’ Federation of Southern India
33 Hindi Prachara Sabha Street
T Nagar, Chennai – 600 017
Ph: 24320801
Fax: 24322750
E-mail: efsi@vsnl.net
The Employers’ Federation of Southern India (EFSI) was founded in the year 1920 immediately following the setting up of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva in 1919. The constitution of the ILO, required representative Employers’ Organisations in each country to represent employers in its activities and therefore the need arose for separate organisation for employers’. In a way EFSI is the first organisation of Employers in the country exclusively dealing with Industrial Relations, labour policy, labour legislation, etc. It is also a matter of historic significance and interest that the first trade union in India viz., The Madras Labour Union was formed in the city in 1918 and that was the time the labour started organising themselves and resort to collective action like strike, etc. for satisfying their demands and that was also one of the reasons which prompted the employers to organise themselves to deal with the concerted action of the unions.

Since then the Federation had always taken a deep interest in labour management relations and interacting with the provincial Governments as they were then known and also the Central Government in matters of labour policy, labour legislation, etc. The Federation is operating in all Southern States, viz., Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka directly and in Kerala through its affiliated body West Coast Employers’ Federation. We also have the privilege of major organisations of other industries such as The Southern India Mills’ Association representing Textile Industry, The South Indian Sugar Mills’ Association representing Sugar Industry. The United Planters’ Association of Southern India representing Plantations, All India Skin & Hide Tanners & Merchants Association representing Leather Industry and similar associations being affiliated to us and as such the Federation can claim to represent the major industries in the Southern Region and to act as the chief spokesman as far as labour management relations are concerned.