Labour Gazette (Bombay) 1921-1956: “A bread and butter battle”

Labour Gazette (Bombay), 1921-22

Labour Gazette (Bombay), 1921-22

The Head of India Office Records, Penny Brook reports on the lives of Indian industrial workers, which were described as ‘a bread and butter battle’ in an obituary for Sir Vithaldas D. Thackersey in the  August 1922 edition of Bombay Labour Gazette. This is one of the many examples of a pitiful struggle for survival that articles in the Labour Gazette revealed.

Indeed the Gazette highlights how some industrialists were interested in the promulgation of Reforms in the field of education and welfare for the workers whose conditions were very dramatic.

In the same vein, the Gazette reported on overcrowding issues in the slum and mill districts of  Bombay which were  causing health problems and a higher mortality rate in comparison to the ‘better class’ area.

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