The East African Railway Strike, 1959-60: labour’s challenge of inter-territorialism

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Hyde, D. 2016. The East African Railway Strike, 1959-60: labour’s challenge of inter-territorialism. Labor History. 57 (1), pp. 71-91.
AuthorsHyde, D.
Abstract

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.

JournalLabor History
Journal citation57 (1), pp. 71-91
ISSN0023-656X
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/0023656X.2016.1140625
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2016.1140625
Publication dates
Print26 Feb 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Sep 2017
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