• Short Summary

    At Port Bell near Kampala, Uganda, Nov 19, African passengers waiting to embark on the Victoria Lake steamer SS Usoga watched British officials working as temporary porters during the Uganda rail strike.

  • Description

    At Port Bell near Kampala, Uganda, Nov 19, African passengers waiting to embark on the Victoria Lake steamer SS Usoga watched British officials working as temporary porters during the Uganda rail strike.

    The railway's big steamboat was six hours late coming into Port Bell, due to sabotage to her engines by strikers. Sand had been placed in the main bearings, but the trouble was quickly spotted and emergency repairs wore carried out en route.

    All but 500 of Uganda's 6,000 African workers employed by the East African Railways and Harbours Administration came out on a wage claim, Nov 19, following a strike by 23,000 African rail workers in Kenya, over complaints about a European superintendent. Uganda's rail workers are asking for a general increase, and for the raising of the minimum wage from GBP4 10s to GBP6.

    In a bid to keep services in operation, European and Asian employees ware supplemented by train crews and specialists - many of them pensioners - flown in from Kenya. It was announced that trains had been cut but that essential supplies were being maintained.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB941ZDYHN3TLID0BAFC6VM58O
    Media URN:
    VLVAB941ZDYHN3TLID0BAFC6VM58O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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