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West Africa (Trade Unions)

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 22 March 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in the development of trade unions in West African Colonies; and how many were represented recently at the conference of free trade unions at Doula in French West Africa.

Latest available figures show that there are 226 registered trade unions in the British West African territories, with a total membership of about 155,000. One hundred of these unions were represented at the recent trade union conference organised by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions held at Doula in the French Cameroons between 5th and 7th March.