The East African Railway Strike, 1959-60: labour’s challenge of inter-territorialism
Hyde, D. 2016. The East African Railway Strike, 1959-60: labour’s challenge of inter-territorialism. Labor History. 57 (1), pp. 71-91.
The crisis of accumulation which tore East African Railways and Harbours (E.A.R.H.) provoked fierce resistance from African railwaymen in all three colonies. This was marked by the East African Railway Strike which began on 14 November 1959, as the majority of railwaymen stopped work in response to the Railway African Union [Kenya] call for a colony wide strike. Railwaymen in Tanganyika and Uganda followed them into action to mark the region’s first inter-territorial strike. The strike rudely coincided with preparations for African majority government throughout the region, and continued intermittently until April 1960. This had an immense impact and triggered the era of strike waves which challenged the nature of the nationalist transitions to independence throughout the region in which the African bourgeoisie stood to become the principal beneficiaries. The following work attempts to bring out the organic interconnectedness of a regional struggle which veered between unity and fragmentation. In this connection, it questions the role of the British TUC, the International Transport Workers Federation and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions in deflecting the course, and bargaining down the demands of this momentous confrontation. The examination of the strike attempts to reopen unresolved issues about the role and influence of organised labour within East Africa’s independence struggles.
|Journal citation||57 (1), pp. 71-91|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/0023656X.2016.1140625|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2016.1140625|
|26 Feb 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||21 Oct 2015|
|Deposited||01 Sep 2017|
|Copyright information||© 2016 Taylor & Francis|
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