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Conditions of Bombay's Textile Workers

In recent months several industrialists and economists have been trying to persuade us that organised industrial labour is the new privileged class in the country. Relative to unorganised labour, rural and urban, and given the level of industrial wages, permanence of employment and dearness allowance pegged to the price index, this would seem to be so.

Textile Policy-Bonanza for Mills

THE so-called textile policy announced by the Industry Minister in Parliament on August 7 has only one real purpose: to free the textile industry of the obligation to produce a certain quantity of cloth of mass consumption varieties at prices fixed by the government. 

Bonus Ordinance

Each successive step taken to simplify the bonus formula and to facilitate the solution of bonus disputes seems to have made it more complicated and difficult. The experience with the Payment of Bonus Act has been no different. The proportion of work stoppages resulting from bonus disputes to total work stoppages appears to have gone up in the years immediately following the passing of the Act. The Ordinance recently promulgated to amend the Act is unlikely to smoothen matters very much since it leaves untouched the main points of difference between employers and trade unions on the bonus issue. 

Sick Cotton Textile Mills—Is Government Take-Over a Solution?

Of the 564 cotton textile mills in India today, 40 are closed and 13 of these are fit to be scrapped; 200 other mills are on the brink of financial disaster. Why is the cotton textile industry, which is one of the oldest established industries in the country, in such straits? Is it inefficient and dishonest management or cost and financial factors outside the control of managements that are responsible for the condition of the mills? A correspondent, a close student of the textile industry, here attempts to answer these questions.

New Data on Cotton Mill Workers of Bombay

For many years the Bombay City cotton textile industry has been a favourite meadow for academic browsing. The importance of the industry is one factor accounting for this interest. Another is the fact that Bombay University is a degree-granting institution with a great need for topics for MA and PhD dissertations. Not least in the array of features accounting for academic preoccupation wit h the industry is the fact that probably no other Indian industry has been as well-served for so long with documentation and statistical material. For this last characteristic we are primarily indebted to the Millowners' Association, Bombay whose annual reports, memoranda to official bodies and miscellaneous publications have been a major source of information. 

The Textile Strike in Bombay

What's in a name? Everything, say the millowners, in effect. Bonus cannot be called by any other name. It is not wages which workers can legitimately demand as a matter of right, being an ex-gratia payment made out of profits. Stripped of legal frills, this is the principle for which millowners are fighting. 

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