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    The Coal Mines of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India

    October 11, 2002

    By Sanjiv Pandita

    This report is based on the occupational safety and health needs assessment exercise that was carried out by Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC), South Asian Research and Development Initiative (SARDI) and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) in collaboration with the Indian National Mine Workers Federation (INMWF affiliated to the Indian National Trade Union Congress) on behalf of the Asian Workers’ Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment Institute (OHSEI). The exercise was carried out in the coal mining region of Dhanbad, Jharkhand state (previously part of Bihar) in India.

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    Agate Workers Of Khambhat,Gujarat

    August 28, 2002

    The Khambhat region in Gujarat,India was and remains famous for its agate stone polishing for hundreds of years.Polishing agate is predominantly a homebased industry here, with more than 30,000 people engaged in this trade. This occupation, however, is still a death trap for workers, many of who have died of silicosis (see box on next page) and continue to suffer today.

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    Health Hazards in the Semiconductor Industry

    March 11, 2000

    By Sanjiv Pandita
    Semiconductor manufacturing is one of the most hazardous and polluting industries. Yet not many people know about it, as the smokeless manufacturing units are generally perceived to be very clean and safe’. In reality, however, thousands of workers are dead, dying, or diseased because of the hazardous chemicals and radiation used in the manufacturing process. The industry itself has a nasty reputation for hiding the truth and many times even ‘crushing’ attempts to reveal the truth. The semiconductor industry is notoriously union repressive. This is evident from the fact that there is almost no visible trade union in hi-tech manufacturing all around the globe in spite of its existence for more than four decades.

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