ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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LABOUR POLICY-Trade Unions Retreat

Trade Unions' Retreat THE proceedings of the 30th session of the Indian Labour Conference (ILC) reveal how a new equilibrium has crept upon the polity. Though intended to be a three-party apex forum of employees, employers and the government, there was nothing tripartite about the conference. The assumption of control by the labour minister, P A Sangma, the pontifical stance of the employers' representatives and the negligent response of trade union leaders provide an uneasy foretaste of the things to come Sangma's antics over the last few months have been in line with the subterfuge and stealth through which the liberalised economic regime has been sought to be foisted. What escapes comprehension is the acceptance by the trade unions of developments that are likely to cripple the working class in the immediate future.

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