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Gambian Workers win general strike January 24-28 1961

Time period
24 January, 1961 to 28 January, 1961
Economic Justice
Total points
8 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Erica Janko, 02/08/2015

ME Jallow founded the Gambia Workers’ Union (GWU) in 1956, and held the position of General Secretary until the mid 1980s. GWU’s base consisted of unskilled laborers, especially the growing number of workers in Bathurst. The union first began by supporting industrial workers who were taking action to protest low pay. In February 1960, the colonial government, pressured by an upcoming election, responded positively to a strike in Bathurst led by daily paid workers. Government officials formed a commission on wage rates and increased the minimum wage by 25 percent.