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WORK AND WAGES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
WORK AND WAGES. —o— It is not an uncommon sight to see members of the working -class stand ing perplexed and baffled when asked that pertinant question: 'Is a rise in wages beneficial to the working class?' Many maintain that it is a grave waste of time to fight for a rise in wages, because every time it is fol lowed by an advance in prices, the workers being no better oft and the ?employing class not. affected in the least. This ignorant waiJ comes only from those not conversant with the present industrial system. To the student of Political Econo my, this question is easily answered: Yes; undoubtedly, and undeniably yes! A rise in wages is always bene ficial to the workers, and it behoves them to continually fight for more wages until the wages system shall be overthrown. The dogma that a rise in wages is no good to the working class has been foisted upon suffering humanity by lying politicians and traitorous lead ers with but one objejet in view: To keep the toiling masses from a...
THE BALLOT. Its Possibilities & Otherwise [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
THE BALLOT. v — o— Its Possibilities & Otherwise g It lias been frequently asserted by V- revolutionists 'that the ballot as a weapon towards working-class eman cipation is at best but a provocateur of civil war, a weapon which is really but a boomerang of the most upto date invention. How clearly this assertion is borne out by facts, recent industrial and political history illustrate. When the Governor-General of South Africa in the so-called riots of July last, called upon the military, without consulting Parliament, to as sert by force the supremacy of cosmo politan capitalism on the Rand, and the right of the capitalist class to ex \ plo'it unmercifully and without inter ference, he was giving only a bloody and material significance to the oft ?expressed opinion of revolutionists, that the ballot is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon a longsuffer ing and over-patient working class. A repitition of the occurrence was to be expected in the natural order of events, an...
Mission of Churches. The Same Yesterday, To-day and Forever. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
Mission of Churches. — \j — The Same Yesterday, To-day and Forever. The Rev. Terras, new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New, South Wales, delayed not, on beiug ap pointed to his new job, in assuring In terested persons that there was going to be no alteration in the relations of his Church to the working-class, so far as he was concerned. The subject, indeed, has been the principal item of business lately, when ever 'Two or three are gathered to gether in My Name,' but the Rev. Ter ras is particularly interesting and il luminating. After getting off his chest the ste reotyped slime about the 'Dignity and Nobility' of Labor, this member of the work-shy brotherhood, informed us that 'The Mission of the Church' was to teach servants not to be over anxious afoout material things, but rather to seek after the higher ideals of service; to be faithful in whatever condition they found themselves to be,' and generally to behave as cring ing, crawling, Christian slaves ought to. Furt...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
-3555B-. ^ _ , .. , _ ... .. ; . . .. ,. -, . . - _; . ; ,- . -_: ... - .. ? .. ;- ._. .. ;- . * ?? The continued existence of the Wage System is & standing reflection 1 on the working Class* Get wise, and Organise for your own I emancipation, I
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
TO SUBSCRIBERS. Please notice that this issue of 'DIRECT ACTION' has now become a fortnightly. Your yearly subscrip tion, Fellow-Worker, will cost you no more on that account. It is the intention of the Industrial Workers of the World to publish a weekly paper, within the next few weeks, and if you belong to the class conEcious end of this movement, and are really sincere in your desire to make 'The One Big Union' a suc cess, your financial aid toward that end will be proof of your sincerity. REMEMBER THAT A MOVE MENT WITHOUT A PRESS IS A MOVEMENT DOOMED TO FAIL URES!
ARBITRATION JOKES. Why Contract Contracts? Why Agree to Agreements With Which You Can't Agree? Awards that Don't Award! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
ARBITRATION JOKES. Why Contract Contracts ? Why Agree to Agreements With Which You Can't Agree ? Awards that Don't Award ! Why dont you drop your a itches, you slaves of crafts and other 'grafts?' Some of you do, religi ously and effectively, but you don't drop the right ones — the 'Olmans, the 'Ugheses, the 'Oyles and the 'Igginses. There are several others! Drop 'em if you wish to survive the big industrial war that is being fouglu In four continents, at least. Yea, drop em dike hot coals! They might have intended doing something for you (originally), but never can, and never will. Impotent, suave^what you will, working men — but first and foremostly, impotent. Political savi ours never saved, never could, never would, and never were manufactured along those lines. Let us see. First of all vou go to work, or else you don't. You get a job that you don't like. You strike, or you tell the boss that that is your intention. Having given him fair no tice — in order that he may have suff...
STRIKES AND SENTIMENT! Bakers' Batch of "Daily Bread" Botched. Their "Cake" is Now "Dough!" Why "Public Welfare" in Class Warfare? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
STRIKES AND SENTIMENT! Bakers' Batch of 'Daily Bread' Botched. Their 'Cake' is Now ' Dough T Why 'Public Welfare' in Class Warfare ? The recent strike of bakers in Syd ney affords another illustration of the Eatutiy of Craft Unionism, as inspired by Labour politicians and Arbtira tion advocates. With the results of that strike, in jo far as the actual working condi tions in the bakery trade are in volved, we are not here concerned, rhe rank and file of the bakers are the best judges of what conditions they shall work under. But the tac tics adopted, and the attitude taken up by other unions in allied trades is worthy of special notice. Right at the very onset we had even the bread-carters discussing the attitude they should adopt in the event of a strike, as if there could be two answers to such a question. Then we were treated to the spec tacle of the Newcastle bakers, who, not content with remaining at work and thereby helping to defeat the strike had it lasted for any length of t...
Short Arm Jolts. Pertinent and Impertinent. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
Short Arm Jolts. Pertinent and Impertinent. The strikes which Russian workers have entered upon a« a protest against the suspension of several Socialist members of the Duma for disorderly interruptions, is extending to St. Peters. — News Item. ? * «? Strange, how the politicians who are so ready to belittle direct action cannot protect themselves without Clie aid of those 'ignorant' workers. * ? « A debate was held at the University the other evening, between Law and Science students. Science affirmed and Law opposed, 'That trades union ism is inimical to the welfare both of the workers and the general public.' Law won. * ? ? When trades unionism is endorsed at a capitalist University it is time that workers began neriously to think. We suggest that the next subject at the University should be, 'That In dustrial Unionism is the deadly ene my of hypocritical parasites.' We'll affirm. * * * 'During the funeral obsequies of the Duke of Argyll at Westminster Abbey, the anthem, 'I heard ...
OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER. We were meat hungry and it was Christmas- Day in Central Queensland. Yoedless to say, it was extremely hot. Had we not contracted that filthy greedy habit of eating three times a ^ay all was well. But once acquired that habit sticks. We had breakfasted on damper and treacle, lunched on the same, and somethng similar scared us in the facf for dinner. And, if you please, it iva. Christmas Day. We were ravening for flesh, and dis cussed, hungrily.kangaroos, eraus, 'possums and rabbits. True we had a gun, but no auima! life was in evi dence We started to reconnoitre— with that gun. Something was mak ing its way through the grass. It was meat, or it wouldn't be on ? four legs. And four legs it had. We could hear them going plunk, plunk, plunk through the dense, damp growth It struck a tree, and went up it like a wild cat; a big, fat, juicy iguana. Our gun-man drew a bead on the rep tile, but our dinner evaded the issue. The rest of us chased the 'guana round that tr...
THE CAPITALIST TO THE IMMIGRANTS MOTHER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
THE CAPITALIST TO THE IMMI GRANTS MOTHER. Breed us more men, ye daughters o! toi! ; Ye alien mothers in far off lands, Sire theni strongly, clean, brawn and bone, For we sill from the chaff the whea1. alone, When they come to die at our hands Think on our greed in ynur travail throes, Think of us when ye bare your * breast, Mine and smelter shall claim tlio-r toll, Roads shall be broken and reach their goal, Though yo smell their blood from the west. We build us strong on your woman',* woe, Pior of granite and iron span, Glarn of furnace and caisson's gloom, Of him whom ye gave us — a man. Seas shall not bar your sons from harm; Steppe or forest, or alpine slope, Our arms are long to grasp what we need, The New World springs from your trampled seed; Ye drain the dregs of our draught. of hone. —GORDON THAYER, in 'Solidar ity.'
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
LOCAL NOTICE. Monday Night — Economic Class. Tuesday Night.— Speakers and Reading Class. Wednesday Night. — Lecture in Hall Thursday NigM.— Business Meet ing-. Friday Night. — Dalhurst Street Meeting. Saturday Night.— Bathurst Street Meeting and Parrainatta Meeting. Sunday Afternoon. — Meeting in Do main. Sunday Night. — Lecture in Hall. Monthly Issue of Direct Action. Up-to-date Library and Heading Room. I TOI mmm^ Stock Literature We have the following literature in stock : — One/ Big Union, An Outline of a Pos sible Industrial Organisation of the Working Class, with chart. By E. A, Trautman. Price 6d. The Rights to be Lazy, Not the right to work, but more of the things that work creates with leisure to enjoy them, that is what intelli gent wage workers demand. By Paul Lafargue. Price 6d. On the Firing Line, Report of the Seventh Annual Convention, on the McNamara Case, Ettor and Ciov annjtti Case, The Lawrance Strike, And what is the I.W.W. Price 3d. The I.W.W its History, Struct...
THE LAND WE LOVE. OPERA BOUFFE UP-TO-DATE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
THE LAND WE LOVE. OPERA EOUFFE UP-TO-DATE. Some few days ago Mr. H. C. Hoyle, Minister for Railways, spoke to some of his constituents who comprised the N.S.W. Rail way and Tramway Reserve Rifle Union, on defence, or as the 'Her- ald' expressed it: 'Australian Monroeism.' , 'Direct Action' has received the following spasm from one of its contributors: — (Scene — The Govt. Railway and Tram way Institute.) (Minister for Railways Discovered — Chewing the Cud of Bitter Reflec tion.) Oily Hoyle, soliloquizing — I've toiled and moiled, my hands were soiled, In doing useful labour; But now they're clean — by that I mean, I've 'grafted' on my neighbour; They tell me I've the gift of gab Pray enter slaves — absorb a slab! (Enter in columns of Four, N.S.W. Heroes of the Govt. Railway and Tramway Reserve Rifle Union.) Railway and Tramway Heroes — We don't like to fight, but Old Oily df we do,. We'll shoot the block of every blokf who is not true to you; You're an honor to the Railway.0 and the...
MORE DIRECT ACTION. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
i I MORE DIRECT ACTION. 8 j In 'God's Own' New Zealand, the ; . other day, in a camp called Takapau, I there were a big bunch of William j Ferguson Massey's Territorials, who were ordered several extra days in I camp without, spondulicks, or clean I socks therefor. I The bunch weren't at all delighted I at serving Benevolent Bill, and George I Wettin for nix per diem, so they de I veloped syndicalist tactics very sud I denly. 1 They got an idea that a lively time I would bring results, and so it did. I They kicked up a Donnybrook in the 1 lines, and tried to chew a piece out I of the ear of the guard. Then they I turned their attention to the classic j establishment where the Haw Haw I persons— the officers— were gulping I down decayed dog, and alcoholic poi I son. The Percy's (haw! haw!) hash I chamber was promptly placed hors I de combat, and things generally hum I med. I Some of the Kurnels, who have I graduated from the Blood and Fire I Brigade, put in some good work pray i ing ...
THE MAN WITH THE HOE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
THE MAN WITH THE HOE. — o — ' Bowed by the weight of centuries, he leans Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, The emptiness of ages in his face, And on his back the burden of the world. Who made him dead to rapture and despair, A thing that grieves not, and tiiat never nopes Stolid and stunned a brother to the ox? Who loosed and let down this brutal jaw? Whose was the hand that slanted ''back this brow? Whose breath blew out the light within this brain? Is this the thing the Lord God made and gave To have dominion over gea and land; * To trace the stars, and search the Heavens for power, To fetel t&ie (passion of Eternity? Is this the dream, He dreamed who shaped the suns And pillared the blue firmament with light? Down all the stretch of hell to its last gulf. There is no form more terrible than this — More tongued with censure of the World's blind greed — More filled with signs and portents for the soul — More fraught with menace to the Universe. What gulfs between him an...
THE PROBLEM OF THE UNEMPLOYED. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
THE PROBLEM OF THE UNEM PLOYED. (The article below was written by a boy of fifteen years, without assist ance. The youthful author has at tended the I.W.W. meetings for the past few weeks and seemingly ab sorbed some of its propaganda. — Ed.) The problem of unemployment is more acute, as worker after worker is fast becoming one of the greatest in Capitalistic Society. In Australia to day, this problem is growing more and being displaced, and forced to suffer all the horrors of unemployment, star vation, and its consequent ' degrada- tion and misery. The arrival in this country every year, of thousands of emigrants, is thought by the average wage-slave, to be the cause of unemployment, but they forget that this curse is world wide, and that these workers have themselves been forced to leave the land of their birth by the unemploy ment existing there. Unemployment is found to-day in every part of the world where capitalists exploit work ers, and it is obvious, therefore, that it must ...
HOW TO JOIN. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
HOW TO JOIN. Any wage worker wishing to join the Industrial Workers of the World can obtain information by applying tothe nearest local I.W.W. secretary. If there is no branch of the I.W.W in your district you may become a member by making application through the post to any secretary ~ listed in the paper. . _ ,_ Do you agree to abide by the constitution Will you diligently study its principles and make yourself acquainted with its purposes? Name Occupation Industry Street Address City State The above applicant, having subscribed to the principles of the pre amble, and having answered in the affirmative to the questions, expresses his desire to become a member of the Industrial Workers .of the World, and is therefore recommended lor membership. To Local Union No. By Initiation ? Cut this out, fill in. Post to Sec, Trs., with Initiation Fee.
The Preamble of the I.W.W. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
The Preamble of the I.W.W. The working class and the emplojpng class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among mil lions ojf working people, and the few who make up the employing class have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the ma chinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centreing of the management of industries into .fewor and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to eonp with the Aver-jrrnw ing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of af fairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mis lead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests- In common with their employers. Thes...
"Has Anybody here seen Kelly?" No Class War for Catholics. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
'Has Anybody here seen Kelly?' — o— No Class War for Catholics. 'I say that It is entirely against Catholic principles for men to speak of war between class and class uulil one class is extinguished.' Thus Archbishop Kelly informed his audi ence yesterday when opening the new premises of the Catholic Club. 'Class must help class,' he insisted, 'and if one class dons evil to another, that class must overcome evil by good. A man has no right to say to another: 'Give me work.' Pray to God for work, and He will send you work, but you must make your work profitable to your employer. A man who would not give a fair day's wages for a fair day's work will stand in lawful judg ment before God, and I say that a man who will not give a fair day's work for a fair day's wages will also have to stand before God in judg ment.'— Sydney 'Herald." What about the exploiter who swipes, or otherwise confiscates, any thing between four-fifths and seven eighths of the wealth produced by the working class,...
REVOLUTION AND THE I.W.W. (Continued from last week). [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
REVOLUTION AND THE I.W.W. (From The Forum) (Continued from last week). The cold-bloodedness of the indus trial state exists through its imper sonality. It is precisely this imper sonality which makes ' an Industrial Unionist so certain of his ground. It &nbsp; is a mechanism we have to deal with &nbsp; — a colossal machine of investment, &nbsp; exploitation, and profit gathering, that &nbsp; takes no heed of man, that cannot &nbsp; exist without men. The industrial &nbsp; state is serenely indifferent to the &nbsp; virtue of its female, or the domestic &nbsp; status of its male wage slaves. It &nbsp; is not a fraternalistic affair — this new &nbsp; industrial overlordship — this Fourth &nbsp; Estate, it is a property controlling &nbsp; mechanism which measures the pro &nbsp; letariat in the aggregate, values it by &nbsp; its labour power, and is after profits. &nbs...