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

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LABOUR- Powerloom Owners Out to Crush Workers

LABOUR Powerloom Owners Out to Crush Workers THE serious crisis in the powerloom industry in Belgaum due to closure of over 5,000 powerlooms since May 19 (EPW, June 14-21, p 1047) is continuing. Thousands of workers have migrated to other places to take up jobs, while many work as vegetable vendors and at whatever odd jobs they may find, many starve and live in abysmal conditions, sleeping in parks, stations and on roads in order to be able to send money home to their families. The powerlooms remain closed because the owners are neither inclined to pay the minimum wages fixed by the government of Karnataka on advice of A tripartite commission in November 1979, nor arc they willing to shift from the piece rate to a reasonable norm fixed on the base of an eight-hour day.

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