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Title:The Senegalese General Strike of 1946 and the Labor Question in Post-War French Africa
Author:Cooper, FrederickISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic terms:French-speaking Africa
West Africa
Great Britain
labour law
History and Exploration
Labor and Employment
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/485257
Abstract:In 1946 French officials found themselves having to think about African workers in ways that they had not expected or desired. They had not wanted to think about the labour question very much at all, believing that no significant African proletariat existed and that none should be encouraged to develop. But in December 1945, a strike movement in Dakar spread from one group to another - from dockers to civil servants - culminating in an eleven-day-long general strike in January 1946. The movement enveloped the other major towns of Senegal and seemed for a time to threaten to take in the peasants of Senegal and workers in other parts of French West Africa. By the time the strike movement wound down in mid-February, the labour problem existed in quite different terms from the way it stood a few months earlier. French officials rapidly discarded the idioms of French African policy in favour of a vision of the African workplace remade in a European image, of formulas for labour contracts and bargaining procedures imported from Europe. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.