• Short Summary

    A strike by 17,000 employees of the East African Community in Kenya came to an end yesterday (May 14) after a threat by the Minister of Labour to take legal proceedings against the strike leaders.

  • Description

    A strike by 17,000 employees of the East African Community in Kenya came to an end yesterday (May 14) after a threat by the Minister of Labour to take legal proceedings against the strike leaders.

    This film, shot by VISNEWS staff cameraman Satwant Singh, shows one of the union leaders persuading the strikers to return to work.

    SYNOPSIS: A strike by 17,000 East African Community employees in Kenya has ended after the Minister of Labour threatened to have legal proceedings taken against the strike leaders. Union official Mr. Kimani was Nyoike persuaded the strikers to return to work after addressing them yesterday outside the Community Regional Headquarters in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

    Mr. Nyoike, General Secretary of the workers' union, spoke to the strikers on the second day of a country-wide stoppage by Community employees. The Minister of Labour's order to return to work was illegal, he said, but it would be best for all concerned if the strikers went back to their jobs anyway. The strikers included workers from the Income Tax, Customs and Meteorological Departments, which were all brought to a halt by the strike. All the other twenty-one sections of the Community's Kenyan organisation were also paralysed by the stoppage, which was declared illegal by Labour Minister Mr. E.N. Mwendwa.

    Mr. Mwendwa declared the strike illegal because, he said, the machinery for a negotiated settlement had not been exhausted. The union, in turn, said the legal 28 days's notice of strike action had been given. Following the warning of arrest and an order for the strikers to return to work, union leaders appealed to the courts to have the order revoked. The strikers in turn voted among themselves to stay out unless asked to go back by their own official, Mr. Nyoike. This he did on Thursday; the strikers returned; and the crisis seems to have been averted for the time being.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB3ULIGLT8233F5F4NL859S5TA
    Media URN:
    VLVAB3ULIGLT8233F5F4NL859S5TA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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