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WEST BENGAL- Stunts and Circuses

September 9, 1972 organisations, except for two teachers' unions which are controlled by the Congress Party. The next in strength are the 8,000 clerical staff with their own organisation and not owing allegiance to any political party, except for a small section who are close to the Jan Sangh. About 3,000 drainage workers are controlled by an RPI union. 900 fire brigade employees have a union of their own. So do 5,000 executive staff and 1,000 qualified overseers. 600 medical record technicians in the municipal hospitals also have a union of their own. Thus, out of 90,000 municipal employees. George Fernandes controls the largest union of 50,000 employees. But the way he conducted the strike, taking with him other trade unions is, indeed, noteworthy for the fact they remained with him throughout the 13-day strike. For the last three days two Congressmen

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