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Phelan Craig _ Trade Unions in Africa

Phelan, Craig (ed), Trade Unions in West Africa, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VI, 282 pp.
Trade Unions Past, Present and Future. Vol. 7
ISBN 978-3-0343-0117-6 pb. SFR 63.00 / €* 47.50 / €** 48.80 / € 44.40 / £ 40.00 / US$ 66.95



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This book investigates the state of trade unionism in Africa's most populous regional economic zone. With the exception of the former British colonies of Nigeria and Ghana, surprisingly little has been written on the trade union movements that have played such pivotal roles in the histories of the fifteen countries that comprise the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Trade Unions in West Africa is the story of how trade unions, in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, have achieved a measure of success and how they remain today a weakened but still potent source of potential change in one of the most politically and economically troubled regions in the world. As the chapters in this book make clear, one of the brightest hopes for the continent is the strength of its civil society, and in West Africa, trade unionism has long been at the forefront of civil society's efforts to make a difference.




Craig Phelan: West African Trade Unionism Past and Present

Anne-Catherine Wagner: The Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) in West Africa: The Difficulties of Constructing Trade Union Internationalism

James A. Jones: The 1947-1948 Railway Strike in French West Africa

Elizabeth Schmidt: Trade Unions and Nationalism in French Guinea, 1945-1958

David Perfect: Trade Unions in The Gambia,1929-2010

Azizou Chabi Imorou: Trade Unionism among Teachers in Benin since 1945

Kwamina Panford: Trade Unions, Democratic Transition and Organisational Challenge: The Ghana Trades Union Congress, 1989-2009

Ousmane Oumarou Sidibe: Political Pluralism and the Trade Union Movement in Mali

Akua Britwum: Trade Unions and the Informal Economy in Ghana

Mohamed Saliou Camara: Trade Unions and Politics in Guinea since Independence

George Minet: On Social Partnership in West Africa.



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Bravo aux auteurs de cet excellent ouvrage sur le syndicalisme en Afrique de l'Ouest.


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