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LABOUR-Workers as Pawns in Parliamentary Politics

LABOUR Workers as Pawns in Parliamentary Politics Timir Basu FIVE persons died, four on the spot and one later in hospital, and a large number were injured when the police opened fire on workers in Calcutta port on October 3. The developments leading to the tragedy illustrate some of the worst features of trade unionism in the country

LABOUR-Dock Workers of Calcutta

October 6, 1979 LABOUR Dock Workers of Calcutta Timir Basu OF late, labour productivity at Calcutta port has alarmingly gone down. In February 1979, the average mpori cargo landed per ship decreased for all the ships (except those from the US and coastal carriers) in comparison with the same period last year. The same has been the case for export cargo.

JUTE- Plight of Growers

September 8, 1979 JUTE Plight of Growers Timir Basu ONE way or the other, one in five persons in West Bengal is connected with jute industry. But while the 2.5 lakh jute workers in 58 mills time and again attract attention as they have power to bargain, the agony of 40 lakh jute growers, about whom few bother, defies description. Despite repeated representations, nothing has been done to protect the jute cultivators, 75 per cent of whom belong to poor and marginal peasantry, from the clutches of traders, farias (agents), moneylenders and jute barons.

WEST BENGAL- Waste of Electricity Board Engineers

 meaningful exchange market intervention necessary but domestic policies and official attitudes need to be conducive to exchange rate stability. The developed countries are veering round to the view that external equilibrium can be made possible only if the domestic equilibrium in different countries is in proper alignment.

LABOUR-Plight of Casual Workers in Railways

 tion effort, and efficient deployment or resources. The state governments are, said to have indicated their readiness to mobilise financial resources in excess of the Rs 4,000 crores they were expected to mobilise in the scheme of the Draft Plan. Also implicit in the decision to raise the size of the Plan by Rs 2,000 Crores is that the Centre will raise additional resources over and above Rs 9,000 crores stipulated in the Draft Plan. At the same time, resources will have to be found to finance larger non-Plan expenditure LABOUR than what had been taken into account in the Draft Plan. The Planning Commission has also indicated that there should be no further deficit financing beyond what will have been occurred in the first two years of the Plan. This is a tall order indeed for the Finance Ministry, harassed as it is by claims from the Planning Commission for development and from other quarters to meet non-plan, non-developmental obligations. How the present political se If up faces up to this challenge will lv interesting to watch.

WEST BENGAL-Flogging and Patching Policy

 WEST BENGAL Flogging and Patching Policy Timir Basu WHEN all the five working units, at Bandel and Santaldih, broke down at midnight on May 16, it was the first such time in the history of the West Bengal

WEST BENGAL-I- Collapsing Power

WEST BENGAL-I Collapsing Power Timir Basu station which depends entirely on the waters from another state. For drinking water, too, some 1,300 staff members depend on the Damodar flawing through Bihar 8 km away. The failure of this plant is the result of various factors. The inner tubes of the boiler of the third unit (which was commissioned in December last after much delay and was guaranteed for a year) were blown to pieces some weeks ago. True, boilers of ABV developed trouble, but BHEL is responsible for the installation of all the three units at Santaldih. Santaldih was the first in this country to use the 120 MW BHEL units. These 120 MW units could never pick up load of above 70 MW, though the rated capacity is, 120 MW, thanks to the sub-standard Russian steam turbines.

Patchwork Settlement for Textile Workers

The industry-wide tripartite settlement for workers in cotton textile industry arrived on March 14 is little more than a patchwork settlement, thanks to the left front government's timely intervention. The 55,000 workmen in about 36 mills encountered the same adversaries whom their counterparts in jute and engineering industries have encountered ever since the last tripartite agreement which ended on December 31, 1976. The Bengal Mill Owners' Association, the sole representative of textile interests in private sector in the state, took full advantage of Emergency to impose an enormous workload which has now been legalised through the present settlement.

LABOUR - Jute Workers Empty Victory

(less than 0.1 per cent of the total sales turnover). The report paints out that the "average expenditure on R and D in the industrial sector in the developed countries is much higher, being around 1 per cent of the total output".

LABOUR-Many Loose Ends

crimination, atrocity, etc, could be referred; (2) enforcement of equal wages act and 25 per cent representation for women in jobs and in technical institutes; (3) recognition of the social nature of women's work in the family by way of house-work and child-care; only by providing socially arranged services for these activities can women be enabled to play an equal part in the development of our society; a women's cell should operate in every productive organisation to ensure the provision and proper running of such supportive services; (4) provision of drinking water, as a matter of the highest priority, for the rural and urban poor; (5) review of the EGS in order to enable women to take better advantage of it; more complete and comprehensive registration of tin- employed women; (6) provision of separate sanitary facilities for women in the rural areas and in areas where the urban poor live.

LABOUR-Jute Workers Struggle

ECONOMIC AND POLITICAl .WEEKLY preponderance of the movement, use of caste idiom and primordial loyalties help to obfuscate internal class differences. Thus within the movement we see a fusion of different classes with different interests held together by the primordial ties of caste and community. This may benefit the kulaks in the long run, but the small and middle peasants are ultimately bound to lose out. Presently the Dalits Happen to be the victims, but are we sure the , victims will not change?

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