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The Trade Untouchables

rim relief to its employees pending the award of the Third Pay Commission. The Maharashtra Government had brought its rates of dearness allowance for Class III and IV staff on par with those of the Central Government only in April this year. This parity was, however, disturbed soon after by the interim relief announced by the Central Government. The State Government employees had some desultory negotiations with the Chief Minister for the restoration of the parity and over other outstanding issues in October. The in- fructuousness of these negotiations and the Government's failure to respond to the employees' requests for renewal of the negotiations led to the announcement on November 7 of the strike to begin on the 11th. The Government seemed to believe that if it put up an initial show of force, the strike, called at such a short notice and with not much preparation apparently, would flop. It is this miscalculation which is responsible for the situation into which the Government has landed itself In his recent statements justifying his refusal to give any assurances, even about eventual resumption of negotiations, to the striking employees. Chief Minister V P Naik has frankly conceded that it had now become a question of loss of face for the Government.

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