Union issues apology over its role in colour bar that led to 60s Bristol bus boycott
A union has issued an apology for its involvement with the colour bar on Bristol buses, almost 50 years after the boycott that saw the racist ban end.
The Transport and General Workers Union, which amalgamated in 2007 to form Unite, at the time condemned the 1963 boycott of Bristol buses led by campaigner Paul Stephenson as “inflammatory”. The boycott started in April 1963 after West Indian Guy Bailey was refused a job at Bristol Omnibus Company because of the colour of his skin. Unions backed the company’s stance before the boycott forced it to change.
A senior union official made an apology in person to Mr Stephenson on a BBC documentary broadcast last night, expressing “sincere regret” for what its “completely unacceptable” position in 1963.
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