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oblige the industrialists. In a speech to the executive committee of the FICCI in Bombay last week, he declared that anything that hampered production was anti-national and unpatriotic and that the elements responsible for such hampering would be dealt with ruthlessly by the government. The chief minister could not have been more blatantly partisan. He seemed to completely ignore that collective bargaining was a basic right of workers and their unions and that strikes were an essential part of collective bargaining. Instead, he chose to echo the industrialists cry of strikes affecting industrial production, even though this is not substantiated by facts. Taking the country as a whole, the number of man days lost due to industrial disputes came down markedly in the last two years and yet the rate of growth of industrial production was lower in both these years than it was in 1978-79 when the loss of mandays due to industrial disputes was at a record level Indeed, the chief minister went even further; he charged industrialists with being soft on laljour and cited a case of workers ''indulging in violence" having been taken back by an industrial unit against the state government's advice.

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