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‘My years of labor, the refusal to renounce, pushing each boundary there has been. the fun, the enjoyment of profitable, the successes. The Olympic bronze, my so much prized ownership. And boxing, the game I gave myself to. it all is actual. i used to be the David who took at the Goliaths within the boxing ring – and that i received, many of the time.’

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0 It can be seen that one out of five workers was put back on the labor market because the company was reducing its labor force generally, and not because of any personal characteristic. Most (34) of the 46 workers retrenched were in one factory, the paper mill. Here a severe shortage of water in the city, resulting from a flood after a disastrous breach of a wall at the municipal reservoir, forced the closing of one whole section of the plant. A detailed comparison of the personal characteristics of the workers who were re­ trenched with those who remained shows few significant differences be­ tween them, except for the slightly greater likelihood of members of the Backward Castes to lose their jobs — the way of the world.

Even more surprising is the limited predictive effectiveness of the characteristics of the jobs in the old factories. To be sure, the separation rates of several of the factories differed significantly from the general rate — the paper mill had a very high rate, while the engine and the biscuit factories had 34 Transformation of an Indian Labor Market very low ones. Also the workers whose employment was temporary by company definition were more likely to leave, although this formal nonpermanent status was not an infallible guide to the marginality of a worker's appointment.

Where means are presented, the first column (titled Number) gives the mean for the entire sample (806 cases) and the second column (titled % Leavers) gives the mean for the 278 leavers. 7). d. ) Proportion Agreeing C o m p a n y officers t h i n k only of themselves. In the long r u n this c o m p a n y will p u t it over o n you. The c o m p a n y exploits workers every chance it gets. The company shows favoritism in its promotions. The c o m p a n y is good, but should p a y a fair wage. The workers in this factory are generally unhappy.

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