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Labour Bengal Lamps Affair

Biren Roy The Bengal Lamps issued a notice of closure of work in January on the grounds that the company was facing a financial crisis. The workers have pointed out that the crisis is of the company's own making and demanded that the government examine the situation. The government, however, appears to be more keen on helping the management obtain more funds.

Appeasement of Employers Fails to Pay

Appeasement of Employers Fails to Pay 1987 contains a table giving the average number of workers employed in the major industrial groups in West Bengal. The following figures are obtained from the table:

WEST BENGAL- Minimum Wages, a Dead Letter

WEST BENGAL Minimum Wages, a Dead Letter Biren Roy THE Minimum Wages Act, 1948, was enacted with a view to fixing the minimum rate of wages for employments covered by the schedule which contained industries where sweated labour was prevalent. Though this is a Central Act, state governments are empowered to fix the minimum rate of wages in consultation with the Advisory Committee formed for the purpose or by notification in the official gazette. The Act also provides for the formation of state-level Advisory Boards to co-ordinate the activities of the Advisory Committees or Sub-Com- mittees. The Act provides that minimum wages should be reviewed at intervals not exceeding five years.

CALCUTTA- Civic Services Elections Bring Little Improvement

February 1, 1986 bail. The prosecution opposed the petition. But the court upheld the arguments of his lawyer K C Kannabiran and remanded him back to judicial custody in the Secunderabad prison from where he had been set free more than ten years ago.

WEST BENGAL-Calcutta Corporation Election

 WEST BENGAL Calcutta Corporation Election Biren Roy IN the Calcutta civic elections held on June 30, the city voters showed no decisive preference cither for the Left Front or the Congress(I). Out of 141 seat,, the Left Front won 68, the Congress(I) 67, the BJP 2 and Independents 4. Out of the four independents, two were supported by the Left Front, one was a dissident Congress candidate and another had defeated both the Left Front and the Congress(I) candidates. The last- mentioned was later inducted into the Left Front whose total became 7L It will thus be in a position to take over the reins of running the Calcutta Municipal Corporation. Out of the Left Front's total of 68 seats, the CPI(M) won 49 seats, the CPI 7, Revolutionary Socialist Party 6, Forward Block 5. One Marxist Forward Block candidate who contested and won on the CPI(M) symbol can be regarded as belonging to CPI(M) whose tally thus becomes 50. Out of the seven aldermen that will be elected by the councillors on the basis of proportional representation, four are likely to be won by Left Front and three by the Congress(I). The Left Front's tally in the house of 148 would thus be 75 and the Congress(I)'s strength would be 70. The Congress(I) has already claimed the dissident Congress councillor and the two BJP members, who have so far not declared publicly their role in the civic body, are likely to be more on the side of Congress(I) in the obtaining circumstances. So the Left Front's total of 75 will be poised against 73. This is a precarious majority for running the civic body effectively.

THE WORKING CLASS- Twentyfive Years of Calcutta Corporation Workers Struggles

figures and earnings of women unrealis- tically. Nor was there any doubt about the utility of the household as a unit of study. When formulating the research-design, the researcher should be sensitive to these submerged dimensions.

LABOUR-Rajnandgaon Textile Workers Strike

November 17 , 1984 gested that the nearby Sham Lai and Mahila Colleges be turned into tamps; the administration maintained that the people didn't want to move. Finally, the wall between the Gandhi Samarak School and Sham Lal college was broken down.

LABOUR-Charade of Verification

October 20-27, 1984 handloom sector, so that both can develop optimally" (Part II, para 4, sub-para 8). In the Context of Large Industry Public Sector. "... the public sector will have to concent rate its efforts ... increasingly in those areas where it alone can undertake projects requiring high investment and sophisticated or frontier areas of technology" {Part II, para 7, sub-para 2).

WEST BENGAL- Labour on Defensive

WEST BENGAL Labour on Defensive Biren Roy THE Department of Labour, Government of West Bengal, has recently published "Labour in West Bengal, 1983". For some years past, this has been published as an annual publication.

WEST BENGAL- Growing Dependence on Police

 ployees who retire, die, or are disable would be entitled to a job in the company. The steel workers also get better UTA and the settlement at least in words promises that the com- panies will lake anti-pollution measures and provide safe and healthy conditions of work.

WEST BENGAL-Doctors, Left Front and Health Services

October 29, 1983 WEST BENGAL Doctors, Left Front and Health Services Biren Roy THE movement of the junior doctors in West Bengal, after passing through different phases for about three months, again reached a climax with the decision of the junior doctors to observe cease-work in the outdoor departments of hospitals for seven days from September 21. The call for ceaser work was given as a protest against the assault on doctors by the relatives of a woman patient who had died soon after reaching the Nil Ratan Sarkar Hospital incidentally, the woman patient was a relative of a Congress(l) leader of West Bengal. The movement of the junior doctors is led by the All Bengal Junior Doctors' Federation (ABJDF). The ABJDF ran parallel outdoor clinics to help the patients coming to the hospitals. The parallel clinics were crowded. The Government of West Bengal claimed that only a small section of junior doctors responded to the cease-work call and the work in hospitals was not affected. But from different reports, it is clear that the majority of junior doctors had responded to the cease-work call and the work in hospitals in Calcutta was in .a state of complete deadlock- The West Bengal Government demanded a written explanation from the junior doctors about the circumstances in which they had abstained from duty during their cease-work in different Government hospitals. It also decided to defer payment of stipends to junior doctors for September and issue of internship completion certificates to those who completed their training on or before September 30. The junior doctors refused to submit any written explanation and served an ultimatum on different hospital authorities for unconditional payment of stipends and issue of completion certificates.

LABOUR-Seamen s Sorry Lot

January 1-8, 1983 LABOUR Seamen's Sorry Lot Biren Roy INDIAN seamen all over India and even in outside ports observed a three days' token strike from November 25 to November 27, 1982 at the call of the Forward Seamen's Union of India. This Union is affiliated to CITU. There ure other unions among seamen, affiliated to IIMS and INTUC. Though these unions did not join in giving the call, they remained neutral and did not oppose the strike. The grievances of the seamen are so genuine and long- pending that there was widespread resentment among rank and file seamen. For this reason the strike was largely successful, though the Forward Seamen's Union does not command a majority all over India.

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