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India of the Early 1980’s and the Clampdown on Workers rights

22 August 2014

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[This report was produced in the mid 1980s by Committee For the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) - a human rights organisation based in Bombay. The report has long been out of print and has been scanned in public interest by sacw.net]

The National Security Act (NSA) received the assent of the President on 27th December, 1980; the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) came into force on 23rd September,1981; the Union Finance Minister wrote the Letter of Intent to the International monetary Fund on 28th September 1981 making a formal request for the loan amounting to Rs 5,025 crores which would be released over a period of three years starting from November,1981 and ending in June, 1984. New, three bills have been placed before Parliament The Hospitals and other institutions (Settlement of Disputes) Bill;(ii) The Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Bill; (iii) one Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill.

After Mrs Gandhi took over the reins of government in 1980, there has been a series of far-reaching changes in the economic and industrial policy of India.
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Clamping Down on Working Class Rights
by CPDR
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