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RAJASTHAN- Drought and Response of Rural Families

is a fact that the strike has not solved many of the fundamental problems faced by jute workers. Though more than five months have elapsed since the settlement, the proposed official committee on workers' complement and manning has not yet been formed. The problem of badli workers also remains unsolved. As mentioned above, all the workers are not enjoying the benefits of increased wages. The problem of default in payment of ESI, PF and gratuity remains as it was. Moreover, after the strike, the employers have mounted an offensive against the workers. Seven or eight mills have been locked out after the strike. Indirect retrenchment and increase of work-load have taken place in many of the mills. The RAJASTHAN workers feel frustrated. That the settlement of the strike did not generate much enthusiasm among the workers was proved by the fact that the victory rally held at Sido-Kanhoo-Dahar was attended by a few hundred workers only. It was also strange though about two lakh workers fought unitedly for 50 days, no solidarity campaign was organised by the CITU or others in support of the strike.

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