ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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TAMIL NADU- Growing Labour Militancy

April 5, 1975 TAMIL NADU Growing Labour Militancy FROM the last quarter of 1974 Tamil Nadu has seen a series of labour struggles in large and paying industries like textiles, cement and sugar. The 1.5 lakh textile workers of the state had gone on a month-long strike a year ago demanding wage revision. That was the most united struggle that textile labour in Tamil Nadu had ever put up. The simmering discontent of workers was manifested again before the end of the year in a 'non-co-operation' campaign. In November 1974, there was a big showdown in Coimbatore, the state's textile centre. This time the issue was bonus, with the workers demanding a maximum bonus of 50 per cent and the management going back on even the SIMA formula which was already in vogue. Production came to a grinding halt in many mills; there were several incidents of mill officials being 'ghe- raoed'. The police was deployed at all 'strategic' points.

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