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Stock Market s Homage

bar 22 and 23,1984, which attracted massive support in spite of unprecedented police and army mobilisation.
The political parties have, however, failed to bring out a programme to take the struggle further. The government has been conscious that neither the Awami League nor the BNP, and probably many other parties as well, really wanted a confrontation. The main political forces have been leading the movement half-heartedly, basically because the trade unions and the student fronts plus minor political groups have been compelling them to do so. A massive non-cooperation movement had been announced to start in December 1984, but it never got off the ground. In May 1984 an agreement was reached between the government and the trade union front. The inducements offered to the latter were substantial: over 60 per cent pay rise from July 1984 (though this was mandatory only for government employees) and favourable changes in labour laws which were, however, formulated at long last only in March this year, days before the referendum (ironically at a time when all trade union activity was banned).

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