Rank and File London Busmen's Movement

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Copies of circulars, 1932-46; balance sheets, 1937; leaflets and handbills; Busman's Punch , 1932-7 (incomplete); Transporter, 1940-2 (incomplete).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rank and File London Busmen's Movement played a significant part in industrial relations within the passenger transport system in London in the 1930s, leading a number of important strikes such as the 'speed up' strike of 1933 and the Coronation strike of 1937.

Reference: P. Glatter, 'Busmen : rise and fall of a rank and file movement', International Socialism,74 (Jan 1975), pp.5-11 ; H.A. Clegg, Labour relations in London Transport.Oxford, 1950.

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Alternative Form Available

The originals were returned to J.W. Jones by Janet Druker on the 9th October 1974.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. There is also extensive material on the subject in the Transport and General Workers' Union's subject files (MSS.126/TG) .

Custodial History

The material was collected by Janet Druker from Professor R. Harrison on the 4th October 1974 for photocopying. They were in the possession of Mr J.W. Jones, a leader of the movement.

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