A.S.L.E.F.M.&C. 1924 Strike Fob front 

(Motormen & Cleaners)




A.S.L.E.&F. General Secretary Jack Bromley opening comments in the February 1924 

Strike edition of the Locomotive Journal

During the strike, there were a number of engine drivers who made themselves available for 
work, these included (seven*) engine drivers belonging to A.S.L.E.F., and a much larger 
number of drivers from the N.U.R. members, and "Nons." totally over 45 drivers
Owing to there being to many Drivers and not enough Firemen, this caused a problem 
regarding the manning of the locomotives, the Southern Railway, reached an agreement with 
the N.U.R. to allow their drivers to be paired up with each other, with one of the drivers 
acting as a Fireman.
Attempts were also made to get the available drivers to travel to Victoria, as the demand for 
conveyance to that place was the most pressing the drivers were obdurate. Trains arriving at 
Brighton were immediately dispatched back to the place of their departures.

* According to the figure recorded in the Newhaven Branch minute book


 A.S.L.E.F.M.&C. 1924 Strike Fob rear.

(Motormen & Cleaners)


On the evening of Thursday 24th January, a conference was organised by the Strike 

Committee of the Brighton Branch of A.S.L.E.F., and was held at the Brighton Labour 

Institutional, in London Road, Brighton, The Branch Secretary, H. Beall addressed an 

audience which included a larger number of the wives of the men on strike. He said, that the 

strike would not have arisen if the finding of the Wages Board had been accepted. 

A resolution had been passed by the Brighton Branch to the effect that they deplored the 

actions of the N.U.R. drivers and firemen who were working other than their own turns, and 

in some instances, excessive hours.

With a view to keeping the strikers off the streets, concerts were being held during the 

evenings. The Brighton branch of A.S.L.E.F., decided that all the pickets were to be 

withdrawn, as there was little prospect of trouble between the various sections.




The 1924 London Central Strike Committee 

 Back Row L-R  W. Reynolds (New Cross), C.C. Thompson (Staff), A. Randall (Nine Elms), 

J. Langridge (Eastbourne).

Middle Row A.J. Taylor (King's Cross), G. Smith (Stratford), S. Worcester (Dorking).

Front Row W.J. Hardy (Paddington), J. Ryder Secretary (Plaistow), 

W. Courts Chairman (Wilsden), J.T. Soundy (Bow).

On Sunday 20th January 1924 a 9 day national strike of A.S.L.E.F. took place over reductions of the wages and working conditions of Enginemen and Firemen imposed by the National Wages Board.

The "Machinery of Negotiation" with a Sectional Council 

(now known as Company Council) 

and Local Department Committees (L.D.C), came into force in June 1924.

As a result of this strike saw the formation of the A.S.L.E.F. Women’s Guild, with many 

branch being set up around the country. These Women Guild's were mainly founded in 

cities and large towns.

Extracted and adapted from

Newhaven Branch Meeting for January

Sunday Feb. 3rd 1924


Correspondence read and discussed.

Arising out of minutes of Dec. 30th 1923 re Bro. W. Smith report of J. Browning the N.U.R. Chairman awaiting an audience for a discussion on Shed matter presumably Shed representation was further discussed, when he expressed opinion concerning their desire for a meeting, was very much against having anything to do with them, in the view if their actions during the strike, which attitude was considered to have altered any tendency of this Branch to have met them.

Women Society

On Sunday 26th April 1925 saw the opening of the Brighton Branch of the A.S.L.E.F Women’s guild. 

For more details regarding the Brighton & Horsham Women's Guild 

please go to the sub page. 

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