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College Teachers Strike in Maharashtra

in Maharashtra JVD The college teachers strike m Maharashtra was as much of a failure as its all-lndian counterpart, though it lasted some three weeks longer The strike has brought out that there are severe limitations to the degree of success that the college teachers' movement can hope for, arising as much from weakenesses inherent in any middle class trade union movement as from the brutal fact that the role of teachers in arts, science and commerce colleges in Indian society today is largely marginal THE calling off of the indefinite strike of college teachers by the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations (MFUCTO) on September 23 was as full of melodrama as the earlier calling off of the all-India strike by the AIFUCTO in New Delhi on September 4. The scene was similar, some of the actors were the same, even the denouement was similar. After the calling off of the strike by the AIFUCTO, one of its major units in Delhi walked out of the federation to continue the strike on its own. In Bombay, after the MFUCTO agreed to withdraw its strike unconditionally, one of its more vocal (if not the largest) units, the college teachers' union in Bombay university decided to ignore the MFUCTO withdrawal and continue the strike.

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