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Ban on strikes - varnamvarnam
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Ban on strikes

It is the courts that are finally taking the radical decisions in India. In another landmark ruling the Supreme Court stated that Government employees have no right to strike and hold the country to ransom.

bq. Justice Shah, writing for the Bench, said “law on this subject is well settled and it has been repeatedly held by this Court that the employees have no fundamental right to resort to strike.” Extracting a 41-year old constitution Bench Judgement relating to bank employees, the Bench said the apex Court had specifically held that even a very liberal interpretation of constitutional provisions “cannot lead to the conclusion that trade unions have a fundamental right to an effective collective bargaining or to strike, either as part of collective bargaining or otherwise.

It was the Kerala High Court which banned “bandhs”, “smoking in public places”:http://www.hinduonnet.com/2002/02/21/stories/2002022103110600.htm and recently “campus politics”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000109.html. As usual the political parties are scared. Note the following headlines

* SC verdict is unfortunate: Oppn parties
* CPI(M) calls for protest day tomorrow against SC ruling
* Cong reacts cautiously to SC verdict
* Left parties find SC verdict “unacceptable”

This is not a new law which was created, the court was interpreting the Constituition.

[Source: “Outlook”:http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=158462, “Srijith”:http://www.srijith.net/trinetre/archives/2003/08/06/index.shtml#000357]


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