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WEST BENGAL-Porters of Posta Bazar

relating to a case of theft in the factory". The following day, the recognised Indian Explosive Workers Union (IEWU), an affiliate of the HMS, submitted an eleven-point charter of demands with a warning that if they were not met the workers would go on strike from ''September 13. The Gomia Mazdoor Union (GMU), affiliated to the AITUC, also put forward a 15-point demand charter with a similar warning on August 30.

TEA GARDEN LABOUR-A Rupee a Day Keeps Politics Away

four downstream units are to be PVC (45,000 tonnes), high density polyethylene (30,000 tonnes), ethylene oxide and ethylene glucols (3,000 tonnes and 12,000 tonnes respectively) and 2-ethyl hexanol (25,000 tonnes). These units alone are expected to give employment to about 4,000 persons while another about 1,60,000 persons will get jobs in new petrochemical units.

LABOUR-Calcutta s Sandal Makers

total number of living children. With the talk of high disincentives or com- pulsory sterilisation after three living children, who would report more than three children? Hence, it would be wise

WEST BENGAL

They Also Serve Timir Basu THERE has been no revision of the pay scales of the non-teaching em ployees (Class III and Class IV staff} of the six universities in West Bengal for more than a decade. The age old wage structure was last revised in 1965 A charter of demands was framed by the Employees' Federation in late 1973 and the demands were taken up with the vice-chancellors as well as the minister of education, but these were turned,. down. Then came the Emergency and the movement of these non-teaching employees remain ed dormant.

LABOUR-Futility of Contract Labour Act

 be leaning more towards administrative- bureaucratic methods than political ones. For instance, instead of appreciating the fact that a large majority of the Naxalites have on the basis of their own self-critical exercises abjured the path of infantile and instant revolutionism, chief minister Jyoti Basu has chosen to publicly warn them that if "they go back to their old ways", the government "will have to deal with them firmly". He seems to have overlooked the fact that if the people of West Bengal as a whole have vindicated the CPI(M) against the Congress repression, the voters of Gopiballavpur have also similarly vindicated the Naxalites, against whom Basu as the home min- WHAT has come to be widely known as the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act came into force in 1970. The declared purpose of the Act was to regulate the employment of contract labour in certain establishments and to provide for the abolition of such labour in certain circumstances. The Act extends to the whole of India and it applies to "every establishment in which twenty or more workmen are employed or were employed on any day of the preceding twelve months as contract labour" and "to every contractor who employs or who employed on any day of the preceding twelve months twenty or more workmen".

LABOUR

Printing Workers of Calcutta Timir Basu PRINTING is one of the oldest industries in Calcutta. The oldest printing establishment was that of the Baptist Mission, Its bold signboard, "Printers in Forty Languages', is no longer to be seen in Calcutta since it declared a lockout of its more than 300 employees some years ago in order really to wind up its business. There are many presses each employing 200 and more workers in which the labour laws are framed by the owners themselves. Retrenchment and victimisation are rampant in these establishments. The small enterprises have a quick turnover of workers.

WEST BENGAL-Beedi Workers of Calcutta

January 22, 1977 realise that they had triggered off an uprising. After March 1970, there was no looking hack for the Madhuhan labourers. According to the present district administration, the labourers sought the assistance and support from political elements then quite active in the southern parts of Patnu district, covering Dhanarua, Punpun and Masaurhi blocks. Madhuban became a battlefield. Between the mid-sixties and the mid-seventies there were a number of violent incidents, including killings. The district administration records show that in that period nine murders took place. Many labourers left the village and some of them were reported to have gone underground.

WEST BENGAL-CADP No Plan for the Poor

December 18, 1976 to imported), dipped rayon cord and fireproof canvas for defence, and finishing processes of wearable fabrics and substitution of imported cotton by indigenous cotton. The company has also helped cotton growers in Tamil Nadu to grow long staple cotton and achieve higher yields. The cotton development staff of the company spends most of its time in fields with fanners, helping them on use of fertilisers, insecticides etc' Despite certain constraints, the company's exports looked up marginally from Rs 11.40 crores to Rs 11.43 crores. It has been succesful in making a breakthrough in some difficult markets against severe competition from other countries.

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