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Development as a Battlefield
Les conflits du développement
Part 1 | Conflicts that Create Consensus

‘An Uphill Job Demanding Limitless Patience’. The Establishment of Trade Unions and the Conflicts of Development in Sudan, 1946-1952

Elena Vezzadini

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This chapter focuses on conflicts of development from the point of view of the entanglement between development, labour legislation, and labour conflicts during the time of decolonisation. It describes the origins of the trade union movement in Sudan, created after the Second World War, and covers the history of that movement up until 1952, the year in which its curve of radicalisation was stopped and it turned towards more conciliatory labour relations. Dwelling on internal sources emanating from the colonial government and the various labour attachés sent to Khartoum, the chapter aims to shed light on the reciprocal influences and feedback effect between the three main actors of these conflicts: the British government, whose agenda set colonial labour welfare as a top priority; a reluctant Sudanese government accustomed to decades of laissez-faire in matters of labour; and the workers, who quite suddenly discovered that they had the power to compel the government to listen to their demands.

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Paperback reference: Vezzadini, Elena (2017, forthcoming) ‘‘An Uphill Job Demanding Limitless Patience’. The Establishment of Trade Unions and the Conflicts of Development in Sudan, 1946-1952’ in Development as a Battlefield, International Development Policy series No.8 (Geneva, Boston: Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff).

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I wish to express my gratitude to Irene Bono and Béatrice Hibou for letting me embark on this project. I am grateful for their comments, and for those of Didier Peclard, Nadia Hachimi and the other participants of the workshop in Geneva on the 7-8 September 2015.

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Elena Vezzadini, « ‘An Uphill Job Demanding Limitless Patience’. The Establishment of Trade Unions and the Conflicts of Development in Sudan, 1946-1952 », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [En ligne], 8.0 |  2017, mis en ligne le 04 mai 2017, consulté le 22 juillet 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/2314 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.2314

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Elena Vezzadini

Elena Vezzadini is research fellow at the Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF/CNRS) in Paris, France. Her research interests include the social history of the first Sudanese nationalist movement, nationalism and memory, colonialism and the abolition of slavery, and the army up to the 1920s. She is the author of Lost Nationalism: Revolution, Memory and Anti-colonial Resistance in Sudan, published in 2015 (James Currey).

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