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

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NORTH-Private, Joint, Any Sector

organise these must neglected sections of the working community dates back to the time of the Fazlul Haque Minis, try in undivided Bengal. The porters had then organised themselves in the Calcutta Shramik Mondal, which had only 19 registered members. This first trade union activity forced the merchants to decline Sunday a holiday. After the 1972" general elections, the storm troopers of the Congress occupied the office of the Posta Shramik Sangh and terrorised the entire area, assaulting leading executives. Bicssand Biswal, and 15 others, were arrested under false charges during the Emergency to break the union. The toughs forcefully collected money from the porters for Congress funds. The employers, too, it is alleged, donated huge sums to the party in power: at a felicitation to a state minister, organised by the Posta merchants, the minister's garland was reportedly auctioned

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