Since midnight May 4th London and the suburbs have been buseless. After unsuccessful wage claims?
Since midnight May 4th London and the suburbs have been buseless. After unsuccessful wage claims and negotiations the Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, Mr. Frank Cousins, called out his busmen section and so began the strike that it was thought would cripple London. This is far from the truth. Free lifts in private cars, fish wagons and private buses have enable the working population to carry on their business.
Pirate buses, run by the Peoples' League for the Defence of Freedoms, have eased the situation in Inner London. With about forty vehicles on the road, and another fifty due this weekend, the League members have been operating a free bus service for just under a week. In that short time several hundred Londoners have managed to get to and from work, aboard the League's buses.
Mr. Edward Martell, chairman of the League, had the following to say to our reporter:-
Passengers on these buses are not charged any fare and must not offer any money for the trip. Should the strike continue after June 8th. the League will consider applying for a public vehicles' licence and charging a nominal fare. At present preference is given to invalids and aged people. A conductor on one of these vehicles gave his views on the strike....
Normally during a peak hour London Transport has 7,000 buses plying the streets of London. Now, most of their passengers are thumbing lifts and, with a degree of inconvenience, are making their way to and from work.
In collecting peoples' views on the BUS strike and their own experiences in obtaining lifts, our reporter interview a woman passenger on board on of the 'pirate' buses. Her varied modes of transport were most unusual.....
Another passenger, a little worst for walking, explained his position in relation to the bus strike......
With a settlement of the strike away on the horizon, London, cheerfully, keeps moving.