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

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WEST BENGAL-Closure of a Hospital

Marwari Relief Society at 227, Rabin- dra Sarani, Calcutta, has been closed 'indefinitely' since October 29, 1977. The closure of the hospital has been in response to the strike by its 400 poorly paid staff that had begun on October 10, and for which due notice had been served on September 15. Apart from wages and working conditions, a major demand of the striking workers has been the reinstatement of the dismissed union secretary. The: victimisation of the union secretary was clearly aimed at breaking the union. In fact, the issue has been ranging fire for nearly two years and the workers would have gone on strike much earlier but for hopes of the issue being resolved through government's interference. But even the minister's interference has had no effect on the management and the workers had to finally resort to strike from October 10; the management replied by closing down the hospital.

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