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40 Million Indians Strike Against Strike Ban

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Issue: 17 Section: International News Geography: South Asia India Topics: labour

April 6, 2004

40 Million Indians Strike Against Strike Ban

In response to a decision by India's Supreme Court denying public employees the right to strike, an estimated 40 to 50 million Indians went on strike. The strike shut down government offices, schools, and public transport.

The Supreme Court decision stated that those employed by the government have no right to strike, as it inconveniences citizens and costs the state money. "The right to strike is a fundamental right," said Hashubhai Dave, president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, or the Indian Workers' Union. "We were left with no choice because the government didn't give us a sympathetic hearing," he added.

» Reuters: Millions of workers strike for right to strike

» Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh

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