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India Lawyers Strike for Better Working Conditions

I'm all for supporting my fellow lawyers, but I didn't know we were unionized. I guess they are in Europe, and perhaps in Canada. But not here. We haven't had that motivation yet.

But in India, it's another story.

Not only are the lawyers there union members, they also go on strike.

For more money, you ask? No, it seems they're looking for better working conditions. The courts in India are building a new Justice Wing. To replace an old one, of course. Seems the court building is one of the largest in all of Asia, and new facilities are in order.

But the lawyers there aren't satisfied. "The section of the Rohini court building is still unfinished. There is no parking space, no proper lawyer's chamber and no litigant's room. How can they ask us to shift [over] there [from the old courthouse]?" asked a spokesperson for the lawyers.

So what would any self-respecting union member do? Go on strike. After all, wouldn't you be upset if you didn't have a parking space and nowhere to work?

It's not the first time India's lawyers have gone on strike. Apparently, now it is illegal for lawyers to strike.

Thus, this strike has resulted in the arrest of the striking lawyers. 300 of them, and there are apparently more arrests in the wings.

They're serious about these working conditions. At least they don't have this problem. ;-)

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