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This used to be the 1st anthropological monograph to have dealt at size with the labour strength of a huge East African undefined. it's a learn of the African staff of the East African Railways and Harbours stationed at Kampala, Uganda, and dwelling at the Railway-owned Nsambya housing property. Set within the years 1964-5, presently after Uganda's and Kenya's Independence, the e-book explores a number of the results for African migrant staff of the alterations affecting their society. Dr Grillo describes how falling costs for basic agricultural items, academic growth and emerging wages have created a excessive call for for employment. these lucky sufficient to discover paintings take pleasure in a comparatively excessive lifestyle. in part as a result, the Railway labour strength has turn into stabilised with a low turnover of staff, nearly all of whom convey other halves and youngsters to reside on the town. they're, notwithstanding, nonetheless migrants who retain social and financial ties with their components of starting place. by means of satisfying everyday and private responsibilities, participants keep a place inside an 'ethnic' method which gives one framework for relationships of cohesion and competition. The itself with its work-units, occupational teams and grading approach presents one other.

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These changes in the urban structure may be set alongside those that are occurring in industry. They indicate a new pattern of migration characterised by increasing commitment to employment and a greater tendency to bring families into the town. Further evidence for this, and discussion of associated factors, is provided in Chapter 3, which deals with the Railway labour force at Kampala. This trend towards urbanisation and stability is to be found in many parts of Africa, especially Kenya (Amsden 1971, ch.

As the main transport agency the EARH has a key role in the movement of exports and imports and its principal contribution to the economy comes from its ability to move, at the appropriate season, vast quantities of primary products - cotton, sisal, copper, coffee-from upcountry to the coast. In 1964 85"% of its earnings came from goods traffic, passenger services being relatively insignificant. The EARH is big business. In 1964 with working earnings of £30 million there was a surplus of nearly £5 million of the working account.

The results, for example in respect of employment histories and future ambitions, indicate something of the different social and economic frameworks operating in East (and Central) compared with West Africa. THE ORIGINS OF THE LABOUR FORCE Most railwaymen are migrants in that they are working away from their place of birth. This may be seen in Table 19 which shows the district (in Uganda) or country of origin of Kampala railwaymen in 1965;. In the EARH labour force we find workers from seven different countries, with the majority from Uganda and Kenya.

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