One of the major actions by cab drivers was the ‘Great Cab Strike of 1913′. The strike started on January 1st when the proprietors increased their petrol charges to the driver from 8d to 1s Id, an increase of 5d per gallon. 11,000 London cab drivers went on strike led by their union the London Cab Drivers Union. The Union had national membership and organised a complete stoppage in support by cab drivers in Liverpool, Bradford and Leeds. Other unions supported the cab drivers and Paris cab drivers held collections.
Despite great hardship of the drivers and their families the strike ended in victory in mid-March. On March 21st the proprietors withdrew their 5d increase and the drivers returned to work.
At the end of the 1913 strike many drivers were arguing that the proprietors should not be charging drivers for petrol at all. This was the successful aim of the ‘1917 London Cab Drivers Strike’. After a six week withdrawal of labour the proprietors ended all charges to the drivers for petrol.
The T&GW Union also organised the boycott in 1907 of London railway stations that successfully removed the ID toll on taxis at these stations.
A New Dawn
There has been a new dawn in the Taxi trade. We have recently seen all orgs pulling together and singing from the same hymn sheet.
The tide has turned and although it's early days, remember the old battle cry from the picket lines....
"The workers united, will never be defeated".