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NEW DELHI-Dumping the Rural Poor

such threats and repression? Predictably again, the INTUC which calls itself a trade union body has raised no protest against the Ordinance; indeed, some of its affiliates are demonstrating support to it, in front of the PM's house in ways reminiscent of the Emergency. All non-INTUC unions have vehemently condemned the Ordinance. The real test, however, will come when they decide what they are going to do about it. After the june 4 Bombay Conference of non-TNTUC trade union organisations, some efforts seem to be under way to launch a joint agitation on the more pressing labour issues and demands. Even before the Rational Campaign Committee set up by the June 4 Conference has had time to draw up its full campaign plans, the Ordinance has come as a challenge to it. But the Campaign Committee will be well advised to refuse to beprovkedat the Centre. The present Union and stampeded into any premature and precipitate conflict on the issue of the Ordinance, It will be wiser for it to draw up its own campaign plans regardless of the Ordinance and let the government show its hand as to how it proposes to use its newly-assumed repressive powers. At the same time, it should alert its constituents to be in readiness to resort to resolute direct action if and when the government does in fact seek to suppress legitimate struggles of workers. Too often in the past similar joint trade union initiatives have turned out to be mere posturing. The Ordinance may yet turn out to be a boon to workers if under its threat non-INTUC trade unions moderate their mutual rivalries and build a more honest and durable joint front for action.

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