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Writing LabourStone Quarry Workers in Delhi$
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Mohammad Talib

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198067719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067719.001.0001

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Stirrings in the Stones

Stirrings in the Stones

Collective Protests and Struggles

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Writing Labour

Mohammad Talib

Oxford University Press

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

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