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Title:Assessing the Role of Autonomous Teachers' Trade Unions in Anglophone Cameroon, 1959-1972
Author:Konings, PietISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:47
Issue:3
Period:November
Pages:415-436
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:trade unions
teachers
State-society relationship
labour relations
1960-1969
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4F29B481AAF7F9CC5EFB
Abstract:In the literature on African trade unions during decolonization and in the immediate postindependence period, two schools of thought can be distinguished: one is pessimistic about the unions' economic and political roles, and the other is optimistic. This study attempts to assess the role of autonomous teachers' trade unions in anglophone Cameroon during the period 1959-1972. The emergence, development and dissolution of these unions appears to have closely followed the region's political and educational reforms. It is argued that two main issues formed a constant source of conflict between the government and these unions, namely the preservation of trade union autonomy, and union demands for a substantial improvement in members' conditions of service. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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