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Stirrings in the Stones

Mohammad Talib

in Writing Labour

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198067719
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067719.003.0004
Stirrings in the Stones

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This chapter focuses on those recurring situations in the stone quarry workers' life at the stone mines that they generally regarded as unjust, unfair, and as objects of their collective expression of protest. In their long experience of earning a living by quarrying and processing stones on a commercial scale, the workers encountered actual and specific persons, particularly the owners of stone crushers who appeared to violate a social contract that had arisen from their work itself. This chapter discusses the history of workers' protest to explain the complex changeover of workers' consciousness from labour to class. It explores the formation of workers' co-operatives including Shanker Society, the establishment of a new agency called the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation, the series of strikes staged by the quarry workers, and the workers' attitude towards unionization.

Keywords: co-operatives; Shanker Society; Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation; strikes; unionization; collective protest; injustice; labour; class

Chapter.  14383 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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