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Title:Working Conditions and Worker Responses on Nyasaland Tea Estates, 1930-1953
Author:Palmer, Robin H.
Year:1986
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:27
Issue:1
Pages:105-126
Language:English
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:working conditions
plantations
tea
colonialism
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181339
Abstract:This article concentrates on working conditions on the tea estates in Nyasaland during the 1930s and 1940s, and on the workers' varied responses to these conditions. Nyasaland's tea workers have been depicted as helpless slaves, but the reality between 1930 and 1953 was more complex. Some workers at least were able to exploit options which kept the planters at bay and which resulted in millions of pounds of tea going unpicked. In reaction planters began to improve working conditions. Irresponsible actions by the British Central Africa Company led to the riots of 1953. Government reacted to this growing rural radicalism by repurchasing half of the million acres of freehold estate land which had initially been 'bought' from chiefs prior to the colonial occupation. Notes, sum.
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