Gender Exclusion, Labour Organization and Political Leadership in Antigua 1917-1970
The long overlooked history of the role of the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) in facilitating the end of British colonialism is one of the surprising stories of this book, as is the astonishing role of women. Despite their exclusion from labour and trade union history, oral sources show women played a key role as labour organizers who defied employers by planning meetings and actively recruiting union members. They were always there, as domestic workers in urban areas, in the fields and in the factories. They served as recruiters and organizers, carried the lights for outdoor meetings and encouraged and stood behind the union leaders. Despite their central role, they did not «jump out», and their stories became forgotten, overlooked even, in the history of Caribbean labour.
List of Tables ix Introduction Gender Exclusion, Labour Organization and Political Leadership in Antigua 1917–1970 1 Part I Backgrounds 17 Chapter 1 Historical Overview: Labour and Social Conditions, 1834–1917 19 Chapter 2 Sugar Monoculture in Decline 41 Part II Labour, Demography, and Gender 73 Chapter 3 Women in a Modern Colony 75 Chapter 4 The Foundations of Trade Unionism 107 viii Chapter 5 Local Level Leadership 127 Part III Politics and Exclusion 149 Chapter 6 Gender Exclusions 151 Chapter 7 Politics and Labour Unions 177 Conclusion 213 Select Bibliography 219 Index 229
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