Inspection du travail, "Deuxième portion du contingent du
chemin de fer de Thiès au Niger" (1929)
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This document contains an extract of the "... l'arrêté général du 4 Decembre 1926 portant exécution du décret de 31 Octobre 1926 sur l'utilisation de la 2ème portion du contingent pour le programme des grands travaux d'intérêt général en A.O.F." (1926 law concerning the use of forced labor on public works in AOF).
"L'entretien ... devait encomber ... les dépenses de solde, nourriture, habillement, installation des camps, soins medicaux, création d'infirmeries, personnel d'encadrement, etc" (workers are entitled to wages, food, clothing, lodging, medical care, and training).
Workers were assigned to either the Service Temporaire d'Irrigation du Niger (STIN) or the Chemin de Fer Thiès-Kayes-Niger.
The following people were listed as suppliers of goods to the railroad for the 2ième portion in 1927:
|Mahamdou Fall||merchant at Kayes||sold meat|
|Alioune Gagnindo||merchant at Kayes||sold 25 spoons|
|Mamadou Kouaté||merchant||sold meat|
|Bakry Doumbia||merchant||sold meat|
|Baba Diarra||merchant||sold meat|
This was one of a series of letters and telegrams following the transfer of workers from the STIN to the Chemin de Fer Thiès-Niger in August 1929. All of the letters concerned the transfer of clothing and equipment necessary for the workers.
Also enclosed in this folder are the "Marché après appel à la concurrence de (various items)" from the Ministère des Colonies, Agence Générale des Colonies. All are dated in September- October 1928. In other words, they were the government contracts for the supply of the necessary clothing and equipment. These contracts give descriptions of each item and quantities ordered.
This 6-page memo listed all expenses (in francs) in 1927 and the 1st half of 1928 (to June 15) related to the 2ième portion of the contingent.
|Time period||Salaries||Room and Board||Total|
|Nov. 16-Dec. 15, 1927||11,445.90||31,427.72||42,873.62|
|Dec. 15-Dec. 31, 1927||6,138.00||15437.04||21,575.04|
|Jan.1-June 15, 1928||107,481.55||334,730.52||462,192.07|
|Item||Weight (kg)||Unit price (francs/kilogram)||Note|
|Rice||61,000||2.48||500 grams 2 out of 3 days|
|Millet||61,000||2.50||1,000 grams every third day|
|Karité||7320||4.25||40 grams per day|
|Meat||122,000||3.00||500 grams 2 out of 3 days|
|Fish||19,300||5.00||300 grams every third day|
|Salt||3,660||0.70||20 grams per day|
|Millet flour||45,750||2.50||250 grams per day|
|Firewood||183,000||0.39||1,000 grams per day|
The grand total was 1,470,191 francs for 1,000 men over a 183-day period.
The report also indicates the number of man-days that were lost in each half-year. There were 70 non-production workers: 34 cooks, 4 watchmen, 3 warehouse guards, 6 camp maintainance workers, 3 tailors and an average of 20 sick workers per day. There was also an average of 1,251 hospital days lost each semester, and 30 Sundays and holidays per man in each semester.
Using the information in the previous paragaph, this table shows the actual number of productive man-days of labor by subtracting non-productive man-days from 183x1,000.
|183 x 1,000||183,000||total man- days|
|70 x 183||-12,810||non-productive man-days|
|-||138,939||productive man-days per semester|
|138,939/1,000||138.9||Average work days for each individual|
Dividing the total cost of this labor by the total number of productive man-days, 1,470,200/138,939 = 10.5 francs/man-day.
This list shows the total budgeted for salaries for training/supervisory personnel for the deuxième portion du contingent (forced labor) in the Soudan in 1929.
NOTE: Janssens was accompanied by his wife and daughter. Maia had a wife.
This list shows the total budgeted for salaries for the medical personnel for the deuxième portion du contingent (forced labor) in the Soudan in 1929.