The GWR and the General Strike (LP 194)
There have been many books published on the General Strike in the past, this is the first title to look specifically at the impact the Strike had on a major railway company. Using the Superintendent of the Line’s Log a picture of how the management attempted to run trains, is built up in a day-by-day account. The manage-ment focussed their attention on certain services; i.e. the struggle to run the fish train from Milford, eventually becoming something of a coup for the management, in an area where there was solid support from the workforce for the Strike. The fish train had to run the gauntlet through Llanelli, the site of the notorious shooting, by soldiers, of strikers in the first national railwaymen’s strike in 1911, tensions obviously were high. Throughout the strike the management were aided by volunteers, sometimes retired railwaymen, but more often people with no experience in the jobs that they were doing. They were giving elementary instruction in how to do the job (this even included signalling, a small pamphlet of simplified instruction was published). Was there victimisation of the strikers in the aftermath? The author examines the evidence.
Softback to A5 format, with 136 pages, including 33 photographs, 24 maps/documents
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