Zanzibar under Colonial Rule

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Appendix A
Zanzibar
11.2.57The Visiting Members of the Trade Union Congress, The Labour Officer, Zanzibar.Sir,We beg to submit the following grievances with members of Union experience in their service. We hope these grievances will be adjusted correctly:
1. There is no equal pay for equal work.
2. The standard of living of the workers is very low.
3. Therefore expatriate workers from overseas get better pay and more consideration for the same type of work.
4. There is no arrangement for the housing or housing guarantees for the number of employees. Workers of higher grade receive better privilege inspite the heavy salaries they draw. The underpaid workers get no such facilities.
5. No children under fifteen years of age should be allowed to work.
6. The education and health facilities for the children of workers should be encouraged.
7. There is no arrangement for the pension both to daily workers and workers employed in the mercantile companies.
8. There is no wearing of shoes or any other garments for the workers such as sweepers and those working in gas station and Electricity Department.
9. We do not know why we are being discouraged in amalgamating with overseas Trade Unions.
10. That there is no written agreements between the workers and the employers in all services, nearly, outside the government.
11. The members of Trade Unions here are victimised when they know that they associate with Trade Unions.
12. That there are some members who were sacked from service and we beg that these should be reinstated.
13. As the workers receive lower salaries, canteen should be opened to relieve this great need.
14. Workers who put more than 8 hours daily should be paid overtime allowance.

We beg to remain, Sirs,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Contributors vi
  • Illustrations vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction a Materialist Approach to Zanzibar's History 1
  • Notes 7
  • Part One Political Economy of Zanzibar 9
  • One: the Transition from Slavery 1873-1914 11
  • Introduction 11
  • Two: The Formation of a Colonial Economy 1915-1945 36
  • Three: The Struggle for Independence 1946-1963 79
  • Part Two Class Formation 107
  • Four: the Peasantry Under Imperialism 1873-1963 109
  • Notes 136
  • Five: the Decline of the Landlords 1873-1963 141
  • Six: The Contradictions of Merchant Capital 1840-1939 163
  • Seven: The Development of a Colonial Working Class 188
  • Appendix A 213
  • Appendix B 214
  • Appendix C 215
  • Appendix D 218
  • Eight: The 1964 Revolution 220
  • Conclusion 249
  • Notes 261
  • Bibliography 262
  • Index 271
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