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US: Struggle against Toxic Water

Several families in rural Dayhoit located in Kentucky had been victims of environmental poisoning even before the Cooper Corporation began dumping toxic chemicals into the nearby Cumberland river. Citizens of Dayhoit are reaching out to other affected sections and are waging a collective campaign against the corporation, the county and federal administration.

Liverpool Dockers; Making and Un-Making of a Struggle

Un-Making of a Struggle Mukul The Liverpool dockworkers' struggle, the longest ever militant struggle in the recent history of Britain, standing for the unity of casual contract and permanent workers, may well be considered the last stand against the trend towards casualisation and privatisation.

Homeworkers High Hopes and Hard Realities

Hard Realities Mukul A New March Ahead A SMALL group of trade union activists, social workers, labour researchers, NGOs and homeworkers were assembled in Delhi in the second week of April 1997, They were discussing the possibilities of a comprehensive legislation for homeworkers in India, in the light of one of the recent International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention, as well as a recommendation concerning homework. They were raising many issues, like the limitations of the existing laws and their incompatibility with the international convention, the immediacy of the question of ratification of the convention by the Indian government the necessity of a well pronounced government policy towards homeworkers, detailed proposals and provisions for a legislation, etc. They were making plans for approaching the government to make it move in a positive direction.

Polluting Industries, Environment and Workers Health-A Case for Intervention

The polluting industries expose both the workers and the environment to hazardous substances. These industries are characterised by an insufficient and hazardous use of labour and an excessive use of natural resources. Thus the issues of betterment of working conditions inside the industries and environmental protection outside it, are closely interlinked. Occupational health is an essential part of working conditions, since most of the health problems occur among workers exposed to unhealthy substances and dangerous situations. The awareness regarding the interlinkages of workers' interests, occupational health and environmental protection is increasing, as reflected in some recent initiatives and legal interventions.

India Hidden Cost of Heroin Control

since there is nothing new to teach, for no new research would have been done. After 50 years of independence in which we cano boast of a number of Indians who have carved a name for themselves in the international arena we can now look forward to a future where we can say goodbye to intellectual rigour, integrity and independence of thought and prepare ourselves to perpetually accept the lead of the west in matters intellectual. It is then that we will come face to face with the denouement of the lesson that the Rastogi Committee has tried to teach the teaching community: close down our institutions of higher learning for they would truly be of no further use to society.

Tribal Areas Transition to Self-Governance

The Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act of 1996 will strengthen the tribal people's struggles on issues of natural resources, mega projects, displacement and self-governance.

Building from Above, Displacing from Below-Land Development in Delhi

from Below Land Development in Delhi Mukul THE resources of lives and livelihoods of poor people in Indian society are being disposed of in innumerable ways. Whether it is land or house, forest or water, common property resources or individual property rights, the poor and powerless are under tremendous pressure in all these spheres to defend or expand their legal and constitutional claims. The land and houses of poor and working class people in urban India, especially in big and industrial cities, are some of the areas where the displacement has been talcing place in the crudest and the most naked manner. When such displacement is being done not by any one agency, individual or group but by a close nexus of government and its several agencies, police, politicians, rich and powerful people, the situation is horrendous and sometimes, unbelievable.

UNITED KINGDOM- Destruction of Mining and Miners

the federal agency that enforces workplace safety standards, be disbanded. Apart from the political climate, disenchantment with the trade union movement amongst worker? has come about because of the apathy of the leaders of the movement. The current debate about the presidentship of the AFL-CIO is significant. In August this year Lane Kirkland, 73, completing his 16th year as president of the AFL-CIO, the federation of 80 unions with over 13.3 million members, had to resign after 11 top trade union leaders charged him with failure to strengthen the movement. A serious leadership tussle has now begun for the October elections for presidentship of the federation, the two contestants being Thomas R Donahue, 67, who had been secretary-treasurer during Kirkland's presidency and John J Sweeny, 61, who has been the chief of the Service Employees International Union and an architect of doubling the membership of service employees when all other trade unions suffered an erosion in membership. Some younger activists crave for a new generation of leaders who may galvanise the movement. Many of them are attempting to regroup by merging. In July, the United Rubber Workers decided to merge with the Stcelworkers. More significantly, the leaders of three large industrial unions the United Auto Workers, the United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists - signed a unity agreement pledging to create a single !wo million strong union by the year

To Organise the Unorganised

responsible for their industrial violence and the government responsible as accessories to their crimes. While Jeedimetla and Patancheru will continue to be seen as a model for industrial apologists in search of a cheap 'fix' THEY were construction and agricultural workers. They were aanganwadi and domestic labourers. They were agarbatti, beedi and forest workers. They were fisher folk and weavers. Women outnumbered men workers, gathering in large numbers. They came from Karnataka. Gujarat, Maharashtra. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Aquaculture Boom Who Pays

Mukul The shrimp aquaculture industry, which is growing rapidly, especially along the coastal belt in Andhra 'Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry is resulting in environmental and social disruption.

BIHAR-New Dynamics of Agricultural Workers Struggle

in the process of being set up. If the commission proves to be helpful in giving relief to the victims of human rights violation, its credibility will be established in the eyes of the common man. The least the commission can do is to immediately direct the state government to restrain the police, withdraw extra legal powers given to them and bring them under the control of civil administration. This assumes importance in view of the opinion of the chairman of the commission which he expressed when the chief minister met him. The chairman has been quoted as having said that, "with the normalisation of the situation in the state, the commission would like to see the police returning to normal policing". But in due "SINCE July-August 1993, the Mushhar agricultural labourers of the village are facing the wrath of total boycott by the landowners. We were getting only 1.5 kg paddy husk for a day-long work. But when we organised ourselves, demanded a little more and called for a bandh, the landowners retaliated like this''

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