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Various documents relating to the end of the 1947-1948 railroad strike
in AOF K 458 (179)

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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Jean-Marie Diop, employé principale à la Section P.A. à Dakar, to M. le Commissaire Speciale du Dakar-Niger (Dakar, March 17, 1948)

Following the weekly strike meeting on March 16, 1948, a procession of strikers marched through the "Cité Indigène du DN" (neighborhood inhabited by African railroad workers) insulting workers who had already returned to work. This followed the announcement that the strike had been settled.

Renseignement de Police, n°78/C (Thiès, March 17, 1948)

There was a meeting of cheminots at Thiès. Ibrahima Sarr did not attend, but Cheikh Sidya N'Diaye and Louis Sady N'Diaye spoke, telling workers to respect strikebreakers, stay calm, and go back to work on March 19, 1948.

Renseignement de Police, n°79/C (Thiès, March 17, 1948)

This report, which was based on information from an "Africaine généralement bien informé," describes the reaction to the strike settlement. European and African strikebreakers resented it; they said the railroad administration was weak. Fran‡ois Gning and the Syndicat Libre des Cheminots Africains were afraid they'd be ridiculed for opposing the strike. Fistfights occurred along the Route de Khombole between striker Moreau Samake and one of the strikebreakers, Mamadou Gueye, a scribe for the Service d'Exploitation.

"Protocol de Reprise de Travail" (March 1948)

This is a six-page document that lists the terms of the agreement that ended the strike. It contains the clearest statement of the settlement.

Inspection Générale de Travail, "Réprise du travail des cheminots Africains,"
Rapport n°251 IGT/AOF (Dakar, March 22, 1948)

Cheminots returned to work in the French Soudan without any incident.

Sécretaire-Général du Syndicat Libre des Cheminots Africaines F. Gning to Directeur Fédérale de la Régie des Chemins de Fer de l'AOF (Thiès, March 22, 1948)

F. Gning complained that strikers received better treatment than scabs (members of his union) did during the rehiring period after the strike. The fundamental problem was casued by the fact that there were more strikers and scabs than there were jobs on the railroad system. The system needed to reduce its work force in order to make the up losses it incurred before and during the strike.

Gouverneur Général de l'AOF to Gouverneur du Guinea, "Note relative à la grève des cheminots africains" n°330/Cab.R (Dakar, April 22, 1948)

The Gouverneur Général de l'AOF rejected the union's demand that he release police reports to the union leadership.