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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Omnibus Strike 1937


Reference code(s): GB 0097 OMNIBUS STRIKE

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Omnibus Strike 1937

Date(s): 1926-1937

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 8 volumes

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

The creation of the London Passenger Transport Board (known as London Transport or LT) in 1933 brought all bus, tram, trolleybus and Underground services under a single body. The 1937 strike was protesting about conditions of work for the bus drivers and conductors, notably hours of work, rates of pay and a proposed speed-up of London buses.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the 1937 Central London Omnibus Strike, notably proceedings of the Court of Inquiry into the Central London Omnibus Dispute, 1937; documentary evidence submitted to the Court of Inquiry by the London Passenger Transport Board, 1926-1937, including details of rates of pay and conditions of service, correspondence of Ernest Bevin to Frank Pick and Theodore Thomas of the LPTB, statistics relating to driver illness, and details of London traffic and bus speed; left-wing material regarding the strike, 1936-1937, notably pamphlets issued by the London Busmen's Rank-and-File Movement, the Transport and General Workers' Union and the Communist Party of Great Britain, as well as copies of The Daily Worker; miscellaneous material, including a memorandum of agreement between the TGWU and the LPTB as to rates of pay and conditions of service for conductors and drivers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The collection mainly comprises bound volumes and is arranged as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

This collection has been microfilmed and the originals withdrawn from public use for preservation purposes. The microfilm must be used. Apply to Archivist for originals.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details. Microfilm copies only.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Printed handlist available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Given by the London Passenger Transport Board and others in 1938.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Microfilm made available by Follet Preservation Microfilming Project, 1998. Films are held on open access in the Library (Archives MF 293).

Related material:

The London Metropolitan Archives hold records of the London Passenger Transport Board, 1933-1948 (Ref: 1297/LPT).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2001

Buses | Transport
Motor vehicles | Vehicles | Transport
Strikes | Labour disputes | Labour relations

Personal names
Bevin | Ernest | 1881-1951 | Labour politician
Pick | Frank | 1878-1941 | transport administrator
Thomas | Sir | Theodore Eastaway | 1882-1951 | Knight | transport administrator

Corporate names
Communist Party of Great Britain
Daily Worker | newspaper
London Busmen's Rank-and-File Movement
London Passenger Transport Board
Transport and General Workers Union

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe