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6. Rebuilding a Labour Movement

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The colony's recovery from the Depression brought better days for labour unions. Although urban unemployment remained high, workers were less concerned about losing their jobs and more open to parting with union fees. The policy of Indianisation of the public sector continued. The government was determined to press ahead with reducing costs. The impact of the Depression years, together with the state's suppression of political and union dissent, muted workers' voices. From the mid 1930s the most significant union led by Ruslan Wongsokusumo was the nurses' and midwives' union. In February 1937 three members of the central executive of the federation of teacher unions, the PGI, had an audience with the Governor-General. The aims of the PBRI embraced the major issues that concerned lower paid workers. For over two decades the political and labour movements had talked of the need to create overarching national bodies.

Keywords: labour movement; midwives union; nurses union; PBRI; political dissent; political movement; Ruslan Wongsokusumo; teacher unions



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