• Short Summary

    KENYA'S RAILWAY SYSTEM CAME TO A STANDSTILL AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY WHEN 16,000 WORKERS BEGAN A STRIKE IN SUPPORT OF WAGE CLAIMS.

  • Description

    KENYA'S RAILWAY SYSTEM CAME TO A STANDSTILL AT MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY WHEN 16,000 WORKERS BEGAN A STRIKE IN SUPPORT OF WAGE CLAIMS. THE RAILWAYS WERE STILL ALMOST COMPLETELY PARALYSED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) WHEN WORKERS MET IN NAIROBI TO TRY AND END THE TWO DAY OLD STRIKE.

    AN UNSUCCESSFUL LAST MINUTE ATTEMPT TO STOP THE STRIKE WAS MADE ON THURSDAY BY MR. ELIUD MWENDWA, KENYA'S MINISTER OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL SERVICES. HE OFFERED TO SET UP A BOARD OF INQUIRY TO EXAMINE THE WORKERS' CLAIMS BUT THE RAILWAYMEN'S LEADER, MR WALTER OTTENYO, SAID THE STRIKE WOULD PROCEED.

    MR. OTTENYO, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE KENYA RAILWAY AFRICAN UNION, DENIED AN ALLEGATION ON THURSDAY BY DR. GAKUO, GENERAL MANAGER OF EAST AFRICAN RAILWAYS, THAT THE STRIKE WOULD BE EFFECTIVE BECAUSE WORKERS UNWILLING TO STRIKE WOULD BE INTIMIDATING INTO DOING SO.

    (THE STRIKE HAS PARALYSED THE FLOW OF GOODS INTO AND OUT IF UGANDA AND HAS HALTED UGANDAN COTTON EXPORTS AT THE HEIGHT OF PRODUCTIONS.)
    OIL COMPANIES IN KAMPALA SAY UGANDA HAS ABOUT ANOTHER WEEK'S SUPPLY OF PETROL IN STOCK AND THERE WILL BE SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES IF THE STRIKE IS NOT SETTLED SOON.

    (EMERGENCY ROAD SERVICES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED TO BRING MILK FROM KENYA.

    (COTTON WAITING FOR SHIPMENT VIA THE KENYA PORTER OF MONDASA IS PILING UP AND OFFICIALS SAID SERIOUS STORAGE PROBLEMS WOULD DEVELOP IF IT WAS NOT MOVED SOON.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADW2T0XU7DISVMYME92986TF2H
    Media URN:
    VLVADW2T0XU7DISVMYME92986TF2H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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