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

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TEA-Raw Deal for Tea-Pickers

Emergency. There have been tripartite negotiations with the Delhi Administration, but they have ended in a stalemate. Before the strike started,, the managements had repeatedly refused to negotiate with the workers. The managements are also continuing their efforts to get the strike declared illegal. In Birla Mill there was a goonda attack on striking workers in early July when, Sri Ram, leader of the break-away CITU, narrowly escaped a murderous assault upon him. The Delhi High Court, through an order on June 25, restrained all the nine unions from preventing "willing workers from entering the mills, from picketing the mills and offices 50 metres from the gates, and from indulging in gherao" The managements have alleged that the strikers have "disregarded the order" and placed a large number of workers red with lathis at the mill gates to sically prevent ''willing workers and others from entering the mills and offices". This is part of the effort of the managements to get the strike declared illegal.

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