The general strike in Guinea, West Africa, ended this week after President Lansana Conte appointed a prime minister from a list supplied by the trade unions.
Although a defeat for Conte, the union leaders have backed off from demands generated during the strike that Conte could not be trusted and would have to go himself.
The new prime minister is Lansana Kouyate, a former United Nations diplomat.
Guinean workers have shown during two major strikes this year that they have the power to reshape society and pull all the oppressed behind them.
The situation remains unstable and there could soon be calls for more strikes.