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This file contains contains the following sub-files: Correspondances avec Dakar, Correspondances avec les Cercles, Correspondances avec les Services, Correspondances avec Syndicats, Divers, and one that is untitled. The basic story is that there were a series of strikes in late 1945, first by European teachers and then by African functionaires (bureaucrats). Railroad workers did not participate, although they were in contact with Senegalese union leaders.
There is no correspondence at all from the union of railroad workers (syndicat des cheminots). Most was from the services de l'enseignement (teachers) and Postes et Telecommunications (PTT, i.e. postal workers). There are several police reports from unnamed African and European sources about Abdoul Karim Sôw, a representative of the Senegalese unions, who visited the Soudan in early 1946. He arrived by train in Kati on January 13, 1946, in Bamako on January 15, and returned to Senegal on January 15.
A "source indigène bonne" (reliable African informant) informed the police that Moriba Sissoko of the Chemin de Fer Dakar-Niger in Bamako was in touch with L'Union des Jeunes à Thiès, who were distributing a revolutionary underground newspaper called "L'Afrique Libre." Although there was no group affiliated with L'Union des Jeunes in Bamako, Sissoko asked for copies of the paper to distribute.
Postal employees cited Chemin de Fer Dakar-Niger wages in their strike grievances, arguing that they should all receive comparable salaries because they all came out of the same schools.
Electrical workers at the Office du Niger held a one- day strike beginning at 16h00 on October 11, 1945. Within an hour, the administration found replacements and posted guards to protect the facilities. The strike ended the next afternoon.
There were attacks against the power plant, the train station and the police station in Conakry, Guinea. The Gouverneur Général de l'AOF connected this to troubles in Lagos in June 1945 and Douala in August 1945, and believed that there was a revolutionary conspiracy at work.
Postal workers announced their intention to strike on December 20, 1945. (NOTE: Cerveaux, which means "brains" in French, was possibly a code name for Calvel.)
"Agents et employés indigènes des Travaux Publics, Infirmiers du Service de Santé, auxilliaires du Soudan Français" (employees of Public Works, the health service, and the administration) all announced their intention to join the strike on December 20, 1945.
The European teachers in Mopti returned to work on Saturday December 15, 1945 following orders from their union in Dakar. The teachers in Sévaré remained on strike, but kept order in their school, refusing only to teach classes.
The strike began. All workers in the capital participated.
The strike ended and work resumed, but the postal workers still threatened to resume the strike.
M. Keita wanted to know if workers would be paid for the 19 days they worked in December before the strike began. He referred to the 15-day strike by European teachers in November and said that they had received pay for the days they had worked.
The Commandant du Cercle requested permission to transfer strike agitators out of the Cercle de Bamako in order to make it possible to restore peace. These included the "anciens candidats non-citoyens" Mamadou Konaté, Ibrahima Sall and Tidjani Sidibé, and the "fonctionnaires à déplacer" Adama Sissoko (PTT), Moussa Koulibaly (headed the PTT in Kolokani), Abdoulaye Sangaré and Koro Kantao (commis-expéditionnaire Mairie), Ousman Cissé (auxilliaire au B.M. Mairie, who should in any case not be promoted to the cadre even though he was the son of the PTT director in Sikasso), and Dramané N'Diaye (auxilliaire BM subdivision Bamako).
A general strike began on January 14, 1946, but it didn't include the Syndicat des Instituteurs et Moniteurs Africains (primary school teachers union).
The Governor of Senegal warned the Governor of Soudan that Abdoul Karim Sôw, "ex-Postier révoqué, Secretaire Jeunesse Thiès, Directeur Journal `Jeunesse et démocratie,' militant actif politique locale" was in the Soudan to stir up trouble.
The strike ended and work resumed on January 26, 1946.