I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Monday, 1 July 2019

Western National Strike Buster Buses in Plymouth

In the old days when the trade unions had more influence I doubt if Western National drivers would have been willing to go out to steal Plymouth's work whist the crews were out on strike. But in the true spirit of Deregulation and cut-throat competition Western National went out on the cold wet winter streets made hay whilst the sun shines. I expect buses were drafted in from far and wide as this former London DMS carried stickers for Cornish Busways.


Philip Wallis said...

You're probably right in your supposition that in the 'old days', when trade union influence was strong, Western National crews would not have broken City of Plymouth Transport's picket line.
During the protracted 1958 London Transport bus strike Eastern National crews showed solidarity with striking LT staff by curtailing services from Essex into east London to terminate at the LT boundary.

christopher said...

Yes Philip it is easy to think of the trade union shop stewards of old as bully-boys but it's sad to think these days even if you have solid grounds for a dispute few will come to help even if they wanted to fearing the sack. In the old days it got silly and the Unions almost brought the country to it's knees but today it's gone too much the other way which is a pity as there are far more rules and regulations for employees but lots of loop-holes to buck the system for unfair employers.