ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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ENGINEERING WORKERS- Struggle for Minimum Wages

ENGINEERING WORKERS Struggle for Minimum Wages (By a Special Correspondent) WITHOUT the benefit of the CPI, without even the blessings of JP, adivasis, agricultural labourers, poor peasants, women, engineering workers and middle class bank and LIC employees joined together under a relatively united Left opposition leadership to stage the biggest morcha and rally in Bombay in at least five years and maybe ten. While the adivasis, especially the young girls and women coming from Thana, were the most colourful part of the march, the young Bombay workers on strike for implementation of the minimum wage rules in engineering industries were undoubtedly the most spirited demonstrators, many of them singing revolutionary songs and dancing through most of the five-mile march from the Maharashtra High School grounds. Their strike, covering some 50,000 workers in 1,200 small factories in the eastern and western suburbs of Bombay and the Thana-Belapur belt, was an important backdrop to the united worker-peasant morcha itself.

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