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LABOUR- Reference of Industrial Disputes for Adjudication- Government s Collusion with Employers

LABOUR Reference of Industrial Disputes for Adjudication Government's Collusion with Employers Gurbir Singh IN the jungle of the Indian industrial dispute machinery, the government has been assigned the task of trying to bring about conciliation between warring employers and their workmen, and if that fails to refer the matter for adjudication to labour and industrial tribunals. Under Sec 10 (1) and 12 of the Industrial Disputes Act, conciliation officers of the respective state government labour departments are required to investigate disputes brought before them by cither party, and try and bring about a settlement. If no settlement can be reached, under Sec 12 (5) of the Act, the state labour ministry, after perusing the "failure report" of the conciliation officer and having been convinced that an industrial dispute exists, is required to refer the matter to a labour court or industrial tribunal, depending on the nature of the dispute, for judicial decision.

LABOUR-Port and Dock Workers Prepare for Strike

LABOUR Port and Dock Workers Prepare for Strike Gurbir Singh AFTER an all-India strike by dock and port workers of the 10 major ports in the country lasting 26 days and costing workers Rs four crore in wages, the Government of India finally reached a wide-ranging agreement with the four recognised federations of unions on April 11, 1984. Today, just over two years since the memorandum of settlement was signed, the dock workers are poised once again to go on strike; not for fresh demands but to press for the implementation of nearly half of the terms of settlement reached in 1984.

Bombay Slums Face Operation Demolition

Bombay Slums Face Operation Demolition Gurbir Singh THE Maharashtra government and the Shiv Sena-led Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) have since February this year unleashed a campaign for demolishing what they call 'encroachments

SLUMS- Demolition by Fire

 SLUMS Demolition by Fire Gurbir Singh THE story of the shanty colony Sanjay Gandhi Nagar could be the story of any other slum. Its growth, its inhabitants, the cynical forces trying to raze it to dust represent, a rnicrocosam in Bombay's slum world facing demolition. On the evening of November 10 we watched helplessly the demolition by fire of a part of this tin-and- wood colony. As we tugged at the hoses of the fire brigade men, weeping women dashed past carrying their children and whatever else they could salvage. The firemen fought a loosing battle in isolating the fire. It was finally the good sense of the residents who broke down the huts in the path of the fire, that finally cried halt to its sweep. Under the high pressure water jets the fire slowly petered out. The silhouttes of Bombay's Nariman Point's 20-storey monstrosities looked down on the destruction unmoved. Before Sanjay Gandhi Nagar got its name registered in 1982, it was a cluster if huts of Kannadiga construction workers. Around 1976, Engineering Construction Corporation (ECC), now a subsidiary of Larsen and Toubro, leased this bit of undeveloped land off Nariman Point to house its workers. The Kannadigas on this T-shaped two-acre plot were part of the army that constructed the imposing Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan, and a host of other massive structures on India's Manhattan

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