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Essay on “Strikes – Their Significance” Complete Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Strikes – Their Significance

During British rule strikes took birth in India and that too for the struggle of freedom. When Gandhi ji fought for the freedom of the country, he started a non- violent movement against the Britishers. He started hunger strikes to force the government to accept his demands. Sometimes he kept fasts to get his demands accepted by this opponents and fellowmen. In Noakhali, he kept fast to get his demands accepted by his opponents. Since then strikes have become the part of life. Now – a-days strikes take place mostly in the factories of offices.   

Strikes mean to stop work thus hampering the production and bringing monetary loss to the employer. They are meant to compel the employer to accept their demands. These strikes are called by the unions of workers and they started them when industries came up. Before industrialization there were neither unions nor any strike. The employers had the full control over their workers. They used to exploit them. The workers worked in the factor at the mercy of their employer.  

There were no set rules, no set wages for the work. But now the workers have realized that they are the backbone of the productions and most of the profit goes to the employer whereas they shed their sweat and blood in producing the goods. They formed Trade Unions and strike became a tool in their hands to get their demands accepted by the employer.  

These strikes are not limited to industrial workers only but they have gone to the schools, colleges, hospitals and other government departments also. These strikes are called off only when there is an agreement between the strikes and the authorities.

No doubt strikes are an effective tool in the hands of the oppressed workers and employees but they are sometimes misused by some vested interests. The students in colleges and schools resort to strikes to force the administration to accede to their unfair demands. Some time they demand  postponing their examinations or to shorten their courses of study just for their convenience. The administration is compelled to bow before them to avoid the administration is compelled to bow before to avoid the disturbance. Same frequently go on strike for a hike in their salaries. How can the government with their meager resources accept their demands time and again? As such there is a need of promoting a national character which would deter such elements form going into such unlawful strikes and save the country form losses incurred through them.     

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