Practically all of Bombay's Municipal services were completely paralysed on Saturday, June 14th, as a result of the total strike observed by 30,000 civic workers, to back their demand for a five rupee increase per month on their cost of living allowance.
LV. The procession of workers of "BOMBAY MUNICIPAL CORPORATION" carry banners and slogans.
Semi-Top GV. The procession.
CU. Part of the procession.
SCU. Demonstrators shouting slogans.
LV. The demonstration wave their arms and shout slogans as they march along.
SV.PAF. down Part of the procession.
SV. Women in the procession.
SCU. Men demonstrators.
GV. Police walking beside demonstrators.
SCU. Men shouting slogans through megaphone.
Angle Shot. Procession.
GV. The demonstrators seated at Meeting.
SV. One of their Leaders addresses workers.
LV. Demonstrators seated listening.
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Background: Practically all of Bombay's Municipal services were completely paralysed on Saturday, June 14th, as a result of the total strike observed by 30,000 civic workers, to back their demand for a five rupee increase per month on their cost of living allowance.
The net effect of the strike is that Bombay's drainage and conservancy went unswept, the water works were unattended, the Municipal Hospitals were run by skeleton staff and the Municipal Gardens reminded closed to the public.
Barring a few incident of stone-throwing by the striker s, the strike was reasonably peaceful. In these incidents about 150 people were injured, among them six police officers, two police constables and the rest strikers. The police resorted to two baton charges to disperse 5,000 strikers who had marched to the Bombay Corporation Hall at noon.
The four major hospitals were hit most and volunteers carried on the work. Refuse collection was suspended by the workers and Government Transport lorries collected what they could, while stallkeepers were ordered to dispose off their rubbish themselves. Volunteers groups were formed among the shopkeepers to perform this duty. The city's meat supply has also been hit by the strike, which may last for another two or three days.
A ward orderly from one of the city hospitals has undertaken a fat to the death, outside the Municipal building, in protest against the Corporation's refusal to increase the cost of living allowance.