Railway workers were called company servants and they were expected to behave like servants. Many worked alone or in small groups and in shifts which made the organisation of trades unions difficult.

Their grievances were the grievances of the labouring classes as a whole: Long hours; poor pay (often subject to arbitrary fines imposed by the employer); and safety - or the lack of it.

 

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Absent-Minded Chairman

bar568: Dates 1900~1900|

A poem criticising the Chairman of the South Eastern Railway for the poor quality of the service

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Appeal to Non-Society Men, An

bar007: Dates 1872~1888|

Appeal to non union men to join the amalgamated society of railway servants

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Carters and Railway Servants Strike

bar052: Dates 1872~1872|

Expresses confidence that the workers can win if they stick together and accuses the masters of wishing to do down the workers.

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Brief Respite

bar567: Dates 1900~1900|

Contrasts the easy life of the company board members with that of the railway workers.

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Nail It Down

bar575: Dates 1872~1898|

Celebrates the integrity, honesty and independent mindedness of an archetypal character called John Littlejohn who is presumable intended to represent the membership of the union.

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Strike Ditties I

bar573: Dates 1900~1900|

Probably about the Taff Vale dispute.

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Strike Ditties II

bar574: Dates 1900~1900|

Satirises the actions of the company management. The failure of the strike is acknowledged but a final note of defiance is struck.

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Sunday Working at Cheltenham

bar570: Dates 1872~1900|

A complaint about the demands on the engineering staff to work long hours. 

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Why I Joined the A.S.R.S

bar577: Dates 1888~1898|

A rallying cry for the union encouraging non-members to join. Likens the union to a ship and its members to the crew.

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Women's Rights in Southville

bar572: Dates 1898~1898|

Satirical description of a meeting organised by women to discuss votes for women.

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Epitaph on a Deceased Railwayman

bar368: Dates 1887~1887|

Synopsis:  Mock epitaph recording the failure of the 1887 Midland Railway strike.

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Watkin the Matter Be?

bar453: Dates 1887~1887|

Satirical jibe against the poor dividends paid to shareholders by the South Eastern Railway and attributing blame to the chairman, Sir Edward Watkin.

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