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Title:Dock Workers of the Port of Freetown: A Case Study of African Working-Class Ambivalence
Author:Luke, David F.
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
trade unions
Labor and Employment
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Based on research on Freetown dockers at the Sierra Leone port organisation, this case study is concerned with the problem of 'situating' lower-paid workers within the political economy of an African state, when these are workers in a public corporation which is in turn an integral part of a system of political clientelism. Issues raised: What are the economic and political dynamics of the Sierra Leone Port Authority? How have these been affected by the development of a system of political clientelism in post-colonial Sierra Leone? Can the employees be said to be (in a Marxist sense) exploited? What influence is exerted on the political perceptions and behaviour of the lower-paid workers by the role of patron-clientelism in labour recruitment and managerial strategies of labour control? What have been the most notable features of their trade union organisation and action? To what degree has their trade union activity led them into confrontation with government over major policy issues? Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French.