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

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A Pyrrhic Victory-Government Take-over of Empress Mills

Government Take-over of Empress Mills Anuradha Ghandhy Ajit Kumar The story of the century old Empress Mills which was taken over by the government a year ago is a case study of how Indian industrialists have circumvented legislations designed to protect labour with impunity and have deliberately mismanaged and neglected an industry once it has ceased to be profitable. It is also a telling comment on the policies of Rashtriya Mill Mazdoor Sabha which followed a policy of 'close co-operation' with the management at the cost of workers' interests. The retrenchment of thousands of workers in the course of the take-over has badly affected areas like Vidarbha where Nagpur's Empress Mill had been a major source of employment.

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