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By R. D. Grillo

This was once the 1st anthropological monograph to have dealt at size with the labour strength of an incredible East African undefined. it's a examine of the African staff of the East African Railways and Harbours stationed at Kampala, Uganda, and dwelling at the Railway-owned Nsambya housing property. Set within the years 1964-5, almost immediately after Uganda's and Kenya's Independence, the e-book explores the various results for African migrant staff of the alterations affecting their society. Dr Grillo describes how falling costs for basic agricultural items, academic enlargement and emerging wages have created a excessive call for for employment. these lucky adequate to discover paintings get pleasure from a comparatively excessive way of life. partially as a result, the Railway labour strength has develop into stabilised with a low turnover of staff, nearly all of whom carry better halves and kids to reside on the town. they're, even though, nonetheless migrants who hold social and financial ties with their parts of beginning. by way of pleasant primary and private responsibilities, participants hold a place inside of an 'ethnic' process which supplies one framework for relationships of cohesion and competition. The itself with its work-units, occupational teams and grading process presents one other.

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E. guards and TTEs. Details will be found in Appendix III. Finally the basic salaries for Group C given in Table 11 are raised by a cost-of-living allowance for employees stationed in the main East African cities. At Kampala, for example, a Group NC 3 worker receives £105 per annum instead of £84. All contract staff are entitled to a number of perquisites. Each is allowed two free return travel passes for himself and his family each year, the class of ticket to which he is entitled depending on his grade (see Table 11, column 7).

Interaction is so infrequent that its occurrence constitutes a special occasion and one such is noted later in the volume. Both races have to interact at work, but in very formal situations. Outside work the two groups form separate communities, geographically intertwined, socially isolated. The forty-one policemen recorded in Table 18 are members of the Uganda force seconded for Railway duty. They too, for different reasons, form a relatively separate element. TABLE 18. EARH housing at Nsambya, house usage, April 196s Class 7 6 5« 5 (ii) 4/3 Total Occupied by Railwaymen By police Otherwise Total Africans Asians Africans engaged 381 81 - 24 425 4 28 104 73 43 35 33 9 20 19 2 - 613 42 4i 75 76 44 724 SOURCE : EARH Administration, Kampala.

Most of the Kenyans come from the west of that country. In the sample 60% were Luo from Nyanza Province, 36% Luhya from Western Province. Ethnically the Kenya Luhya are closely related to the peoples from Uganda's Bukedi District-the Samia and G w e - w h o frequently identify themselves with the Luhya. Using the evidence from both the Nsambya sample and the published enumeration statistics the ethnic composition of the labour force seems to be roughly as follows: Luo 2£%, Luhya-Samia 23%, Ganda 12%, Acholi 8%, the rest, including perhaps as many as two dozen different ethnic groups, 32%.

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