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RAILWAYS-Pre-emptive Strike by Government

RAILWAYS Pre-emptive Strike by Government M R THE government and the Railway Board had three whole months in which to negotiate with the unions to avert the strike called for May 8. But those in charge of the negotiations with the unions chose instead to make the absence of a formal strike notice the pretext for not holding substantive negotiations. When, however, the notice was formally served on April 23, it was promptly declared that such a strike would be illegal The DIR was invoked for this purpose. And, even before the suspended negotiations could be resumed on April 27, a preemptive strike in fact came from the government in the form of cancellation of a large number of passenger trains, The unions, on the other hand, had made it clear that they would like to avoid the strike if a negotiated settlement could be arrived at before the May 8 deadline. The unions did not seem averse to extending the deadline

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