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.
GV SS. Usoga in Port Bell.
SV PAN..From name of ship to Europeans pushing trolleys.
CU European pushing crate with African porter looking on.
SV African porters.
SV European with loaded trolley.
SV PAN..Africans on board ship watch Europeans loading.
TOP V..Ditto and pan.
LV Europeans loading ship, on conveyor belt.
GV Africans waiting to board ship.
SV African family.
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Background: 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.