Dissatisfaction with their mine rations as supplied by the management was set forward as the reason for 4 thousand African miners in the Colliery town of Wankie going on strike.
Deserted platform scenes in strike ridden North.
Cancelled train notices,
African stranded passengers awaiting news of rail communication.
Entrance to African township at Wankie colliery where Africans are on strike
Broken windows where mob attached police patrol
Location scenes of inactivity
Police barrier post with Africans being checked.
Wankie Colliery Long/medium shots.
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Background: Dissatisfaction with their mine rations as supplied by the management was set forward as the reason for 4 thousand African miners in the Colliery town of Wankie going on strike. Wankie is the only source of supply of coal to Industry in 9 Rhodesia and in addition the copper belt mines in Northern Rhodesia are totally dependent on this source of supply.
The strike action reduced the daily output of 9 thousand tons to almost a third and with the assistance of European miners airlifted to Wankie from adjoining mines in the territory this limited output has been maintained. European clerical workers and mine management staff have also been brought to the coal face to assist production. In view of the critical situation that has arisen due to shortage of available coal Government members appealed to the strikers to return to work and then discuss their grievances with the management. The mine management has declared the strike illegal and refuses to discuss the matter with the African Unions until the workers return to work.
In the North, the african Railway workers have called a total stoppage due to some dispute with a European Train driver who is alleged to have insulted some African rail workers. Due to this minor dispute in the Livingstone yards a to all rail stoppage is now in force with the resultant total disruption of communications in Northern Rhodesia.
There is now a growing fear that copper exports will be halted and as the North is almost totally dependent on the copper mines, sources there are critically concerned as to the outcome.
Appeals from Government sources to the African mine workers Union has met with no response. The Strike continues.