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African Teachers (Trade Unions)

Volume 530: debated on Wednesday 21 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why African teachers in Northern Rhodesia are not allowed to form a trade union; and what political restrictions are placed upon them.

African teachers are permitted to form trade unions. Some African teachers are civil servants and subject to the same restrictions on political activities as other civil servants. Most are not civil servants but members of the Unified Teaching Service, whose political activities are governed by regulations debarring them from using their position as teachers to further the ends of any political party or to expound their own political views.