A nation-wide strike call for higher wages, by Government workers in India, July 12, has flopped.
GV Delhi railway station.
TV Shunting yard.
TV Ditto deserted.
LV Post Office in Delhi.
SV Workers shout slogans.
CU Police officer talks to strikers.
SV Workers shout slogans
LV Police officer breaks up group.
SCU Police pass with sticks.
SV Worker arrested.
LV Postal workers look on.
SV Another arrest.
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Background: A nation-wide strike call for higher wages, by Government workers in India, July 12, has flopped. Most of the two million employees have turned out for work as usual in most areas. In New Delhi the postal, telegraph and railway services are running almost at normal pace. The Indian Government has cleared the strike unlawful.
Officials state that the threat of dismissal and the Government's warning - all strikers will receive a six month prison sentence - has prevented most of the workers from staying away. Only a small number of demonstrator have been arrested by the police in the capital.
Bombay is the only city where any real trouble has broken out. Here the strike is general with most of the workers staying at home. Troops and volunteers have taken over the railway and postal services.
In Dohad, police were forced to open fire in a clash between pickets an non strikers. One man was killed and six injured. A group of pickets tried to stop the trains by squatting on the rails.