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Title:Plantation Labour and Economic Crisis in Cameroon
Author:Konings, PietISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:Development and Change
Volume:26
Issue:3
Period:July
Pages:525-549
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:agricultural workers
trade unions
agriculture
economic recession
economic policy
tea
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
economics
organizations
Development and Technology
Sex Roles
External links:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7660.1995.tb00564.x
https://hdl.handle.net/1887/4610
Abstract:The few existing studies on the response of labour to the economic crisis and structural adjustment in African countries tend to focus on the (oppositional) relations between the State and central labour organizations. They largely ignore the response of workers and unions at the workplace. This article describes how workers and unions in the tea estates of Cameroon have dealt with the economic crisis and structural adjusment. It shows that the workers have adopted various strategies to cope with the structural adjustment measures planned and implemented by the management in close cooperation with the State-controlled unions. Two striking facts emerging from the analysis are that the majority of the estate workers have never completely abandoned their 'traditional' militancy, and that gender differences in the degree and modes of labour resistance tend to be slight. The data are derived from fieldwork carried out in 1991-1993 in the tea estates of the Cameroon Development Corporation, the largest agro-industrial parastatal in Cameroon. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum.
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