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THE FOURTH ESTATE-A Setback

reception in the baronial splendour of A Setback a five-star hotel to which the President THE Free Press Journal has been on strike since June 22. This was no hereic June 22. It can scarcely be that when striking workers were so little informed about the bread and butter issues. Nor has the strike meant certain progress for the workers' interests and now, two and a half months after the strike began, there are glimmerings of recognition that a strike can sometimes be a double-edged weapon.

A Setback

reception in the baronial splendour of A Setback a five-star hotel to which the President THE Free Press Journal has been on strike since June 22. This was no hereic June 22. It can scarcely be that when striking workers were so little informed about the bread and butter issues. Nor has the strike meant certain progress for the workers' interests and now, two and a half months after the strike began, there are glimmerings of recognition that a strike can sometimes be a double-edged weapon.

MAHARASHTRA-Tussle over Cotton Monopoly Procurement

this regard it has observed : " Considering all aspects of the situation, the Committee feels that there is not enough justification for proposing a separate and higher wage structure for workmen engaged in work with staple or multifibres. This would be discriminatory against workers engaged in work with cotton. Such workers are likely to be more numerous and most of the NTC mills West Bengal are likely to work wholly with cotton for quite some time in future. Some mills will be under the social and legal obligation of producing cheaper varieties of cloth for the masses and therein workers should not, on this account, suffer from discrimination. The Committee also does not see any merit in the argument that profit (or losses) made by mills should justify (a higher wage structure for multi- fibre units)." Due to this decision, some 12,000 workers, if not more, will be deprived of the extra benefits they should have got. Mill owners are, of course, against introduction of any extra incentive or wage differential in multifibre units. Incidentally, Midna- pore Cotton, Eastern Spinning, Birlapur Staple Fibre, GIS Cotton Mill and India Linoleum (Victoria factory)

MAHARASHTRA-Caveats on Industrial Location

 is the revenue argument. Haldia by its nature will be earning profit while Calcutta in all probability has to live with bosses. The two together will however be viable. Calcutta could become a chronic loser it it is denied the Haldia crutch and that would be disastrous for not only the city of Calcutta, but for West Bengal and for the sprawling hinterland it has been serving for all these decades.
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