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ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
ADDRESSES OP I.W.W. LOCALS. Adelaide Local No. 7 — Secretary-Trea- surer, S. G. Drummond, 43 Charles street, Unley, Adelaide, S.A. Sydney Local No. 2 — Secretary-Trea- surer, F. J. Morgan, 330 Castlereagh street, Sydney, N.S.W. Broken Hill Local No. 3 — Secretary- Treasurer, E. J. Kiely, Palace Build ings, Sulphide-street, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Fremantle Local, No. 5 — C/o. W. John stone, Burlington Hotel, Pakenham street, Bast Fremantle, W.A. Boulder Local, No. 6 — Secretary-Trea- surer, F. H. Lunn, Lane-street, Boul der, W.A. Brisbane Local, No. 7 — Secretary-Trea- surer, J. J. Burke, 'Mimi,' Cribb street, Milton, Brisbane, Q. Melbourne Local, No. 8 — Secretary- Treasurer, E. Power, 243 WilHam streot, Melbourne, V. Tottenham Local, No. 9 — Secretary- Treasurer, A. S. Graham, Umang street, Tottenham, N.S.W. NEW ZEALAND. : Auckland Local, No. 1 — G. Phillips, \ Secretary-Treasurer, Kings Cham bers, Queen-street, Auckland. 'A Christchurch Local, No. 2— E. Eeftr, i Secretary-Treasurer, ...
"Nero Fiddling" The Future of Labour. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
'Nero Fiddling' The Future of Labour. Despite the enormous loss of life in this war, there is every possibility of an unlimited amount of labor-power in the market after peace is declared. The war has opened the eyes of the capitalist class to many possibilities of displacing adult male labor, which were not previously apuarent. Notwithstanding tho ' ' efficiency ' ' ad vocates, who tell us. in effect, that the greater the production the more em ployment there will be, it does not re quire any deep knowledge of dusty economic volumes for the experienced job-hunter to convince himself that the boss never, never employs two where one can do the work required; nor will he employ an adult worker at full wages where a girl or a child of tender years can function at considerably low er wages. The masters are fully alive to the serious economic situation which sooner or later will arise. Thousands of work itf now employed at munition making will be thrown on the unemployed mar ket, to comp...
Economics of Labour. WAGES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
Economics of Labour. ? — «? WAGES. The working-class have only one thing to sell, their labour power, and they sell it on condi tion that they receive in return the money value of sufficient food, clothing, and shelter to re produce their energy in produc tion. If the wages received will not buy back the necessaries of life then slow starvation must re sult, the worker loses his ability to produce wealth and the capi talists themselves are the great est losers. It can be seen then that there is a dead level beloAv which wages can not go, which is defined as a living-wage. Just as a steamship requires a certain amount of coal to drive it through the water, so the human machine requires a certain am ount of coal in the shape of the necessaries of life to keep it in going order. The above facts will explain why it. is that the employing-class always approve of arbitration as a method to settle disputes, and why, when a strike is threatened, they always try to persuade the workers to pl...
The Cry of the Underlings. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
The Cry of the Underlings. I By Philip Green Wright. ? The masters stand at the head of things ; 1 They are lords of work and pay; j And we must run till the. set of sun, I Because the masters say; 1 For we, for we are the underlings, 1 And the lords of bread are they; Jj Aud we must eat though they screw and cheat, j And when they nod, obey. 1 Sometimes there is work for every one, ? And sometimes, barred each gate; I And why it is so, the masters know, 1 We only wish and wait. 1 They know when the freights will begin to run, a And the factory whistles blow, I And the fires burn and the spindles turn : 1 These things the masters know. I We work and work at things we must, I We don't so greatly care, I By the rushing flume, at the roaring loom, I In the coal mine's killing air. I We fashion gems for a dole of crust, I And silks, with a rag for pay; I And the things we make, the masters take, I To make their women gay. I There is wit and grace and courtesy, I When the masters meet an...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
Street Action Iff rfAWS-^v \m ^^^^ OFFICIAL ORGAN Of titi INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF , THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. MANAGER: E. A. GIFFNEV. HEADQUARTERS I. W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL. HEADQUARTERS— 1S4 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A .
Will The I.W.W. Be Suppressed? KAISERISM IN NEW ZEALAND. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
Will The LW.W. Be Suppressed? KAISERISM IN NEW ZEALAND. Nie fact that the emplovinK ??lass oJ Kvw Zealand found it necessary to exdude, by special proelamation, l.W.W. papers and lilmiluiv from onli-ring New Zea land is the bt-st tribute to the in «'«nci' of direct action propa ganda. ^ It is remarkable that although Direet Action' has been one of 1110 Ic-'w papers which has looked upon the war as a topic of pro paganda as more or less of sec ondary interest, it has been the nrst paper, south of the Equator wnidi has been singled out bv the authorities for suppression. This is explainable only on the assumption that the bosses are more afraid of action on the job Hian of ali revolutionary oratory pertaining to the war. It remains to be seen whether Mr. JVlassey and those whose in terests lie is serving have correct ly estimated the power of a legal enactment to stop the growth of Industrial Unionist propoganda. The, spirit of worKing class re volt has been propogated in the lace ol ...
The Eight Hour Farce [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
The Eight Hour Farce I l-ortyrhree years ago the first I eight-hours procession marched I through the streets of Sydney I Siii.v then Labor has prided itself I that it has accomplished some thing winch no other country has achieved. There have been proces sions galore. Old age has retired waving its war-worn hat, giving place to youth full of enthusiasm for what it calls the 'Labor Move ment. -; lint the question which obtrudes itself, when the banquets and ap plause and the elarmhicr ^f 1, „.,,!„ are over, lias labor moved and in winch direction?' What has be,n achieved? Where are the lmpliies of victory? Have the workers reason to be proud of the struggle, and should they or .should _ they not, continue the tight with the same weapons and tic iifnnii tontiiind Ihese are some of the questions which every intelligent member oi t ne working class should set himself and answer. 11' the questioner is candid with himself, he must admit that, far from any progress being made tin: working...
MELBOURNE NOTES. October 1, 1915. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
MELBOURNE NOTES. ? * ? October 1, 1915. A meeting was held under the auspices of Local S, I.W.W., at the Guildhall on the evening of the 30th September. The speaker? were Fellow-workers Laidler and Barker, while F. W. Kelly offi ciated as chairman. Owing to the short notice, the audience was not quite so large as it might have been, but never theless, what it lacked in numbers it more than made up in enthusi asm. After the opening remarks of the chairman, F. W. Barker brief ly outlined the happenings that led to his arrest and conviction on the charge of publishing a poster, telling the employers to go to the front, and which was al leged to be prejudicial to recruit ing. The speaker then went on to describe briefly the tremendous advances made by science and capitalism in the past century, and compared it with the stagna The time is more than ripe when the rank and file should take up on themselves the task of conduct ing operations. One Big Union of the working class is the only w...
As the Twig is Bent. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
As the Twig is Bent. ? — . ? ^ The -moral precepts instilled in to our confiding minus during the days of our childhood are, per haps, the longest-lived, and with the truths, or otherwise, learnt at a mother's knee, exercise an immense influence on our men tal outlook in after life. Does anyone ever take the trouble to analyse the legendary drivel that, has played such an important. pan in regulating me conduct, and shaping the ideas, during the years in which we are supposed to be taught the best, way to en sure a favorable answer to the supplicatory appeal in the Lord's Prayer regarding our daily bread ? Most of us can remember fables extolling the industry and thrift of ants and bees. These insects were hold up as examples to be followed when we tackled the task of wrestling our daily crrusi from a society which keeps an uncommonly tight grip on the neck of the flour bag. Some for tunate ones among us were hapry in the possession of an elder bro ther, or, perhaps, an uncle, who i...
Our Standpoint. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
Our Standpoint, Some people are kicking up a noise because the wife of' a re turned soldier, who applied for as sistance to the Lord Mayor's Patriotic Fund, was told to seil her piano. Surely it is time these people recognised that, this Fund was subscribed for the noble and patriotic purpose of financing the Gas Company and providing fat billets for those 'administering' it, * * ♦ ''Tramp,, tramp, tramp,1' is the advice of a Westra'lian Labor Min ister to the Perth unemployed. The Government had for some time been providing 'free meals'' (shadow soup and stale bread, presumably), when the 'honor- able Minister' told them to 'shoulder their swags' and get to hell out of it. The workers will continue to be treated in this manner until they get wise to the game, and cease to provide free meals and free everything else, for 'honorable gentlemen' and other parasites. * * * The Kaiser is reputed to be the largest shareholder in Krupp's, and it is said much of bis enor mous Avar profits l...
Subscribers: Please Note. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
Subscribers: ? « — _~ Please Note. ? ♦ ? r- ? Subscribers should note that now we have become a weekly, the yearly sub srciption to the paper will be four shillings; half-yearly, two shillings. Those who have already subscribed will be supplied with a weekly copy un til their subscription runs out, ou the terms now prevailing. If we are to continue as a weekly, it is imperative that all interested should immediately support the paper by send ing their subs, at once, or renewing the old as soon as possible. A little effort on the part of all mem bers now, will obviate in the future those painful appeals for financial help which so often characterise revolution ary organs. 'Direct Action' is one of the very few working class papers that never looked back since its inception. It depends upon YOU that its repu tation in this direction shall not suffer in tlie future. Kememfoer, without a press all other propaganda is useless.
My Visit to Melbourne. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
My Visit to Melbourne. ? ? ? ? : ? -??? ? : ? : ? . ] arrived at Melbourne on Sat urday after a tedious - journey. In the evening I -was allowed ten minutes at the Amalgamation -Con- ference of Trade Unions, held at the Trades Hall, to place the facts ? of my case, and my views upon, ln ? ; dustrial Unionism. H I was well received, and after B explaining the facts of my case, I ? touched briefly upon the need for B an international industrial organ B isation, the abolition of arbitra B lion awards and sectional agree B ments, and the necessity for an un E limited amount of agitation and B educational work in the industries. B 1 was informed by the President E that a deputation from the Con E i'erence to the Prime Minister on E the subject of conscription, had E called his attention to my case. B Mr. Fisher replied that he would B make enquiries into the matter. B Sunday turned out to be very wet, B Miid a meeting at the Yarra was E ijiiite impossible. However, on E Sunday evening I ...
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. Wednesday Eveuings, iu Hall — Class Meeting. Friday Evening, Boulder Post Office — Propaganda Meeting. Saturday Evening. KalgoorHe— Propa- ganda Meeting. Sundav Morning. 10.30 a.m., Hall Business Meeting. Sunday Afternoon, Keane's GoMfields Hotel, Athletic Club, at 2.30— Lec- ture. Sunday Evening, Boulder — Propaganda Meeting. Good Library at Hall. All Beds are Invited to dig in and make Industrial Unionism the Topic of the Day. F. H. LUNN.
Corinthian, W. A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
Corinthian, W. A. Many of the fellow workers of Boulder had to leave Boulder ow ing to victimisation, and the many vicissitudes of militant proletar ians, and seek a master in new pastures. They happened to be congregated at Corinthian; they at once started on the iob pro paganda. Papers and literature were at once distributed. Now, in the stopes loud above the rat-Htat-tap of the machine, you can hear the ringing strains of 'Shall we still be slaves,1' and truckers can be seen pushing trucks to the tune of 'Tramp,' or that classic, 'Hallelujah, I am a Bum.' Every Sunday evening we meet in a fellow-worker's camp and discuss the I. W.W. Songs and speeches are sung and made in Italian and English. The Italian fellow-workers pre dominate here. No longer are workers of other nationalities look ed upon as foreigners, but as 'Compajo' (the Italian for fel low-worker) . The gospel of Industrial Union ism will never die in this State. When this little camp is broken up rebels will meet agai...
ANOTHER PROTEST. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
ANOTHER PROTEST. ? A contribution of £5'to the Bar ker Defence Fund has been re ceived from the city branch of the Railway Workers' and General Laborers' Association. At the last business meeting of this branch a delegate from the I. W.W. Avas given the platform to put the facts of the Barker case before the meeting. After hearing the delegate those present unanimously pledged themselves to aid in Barker's de fence by further financial and moral support. ♦ * * Industrial Efficiency on the job means prolonged holidays at both ends of the social scale. Move holiday jaunts for tho boss, and compulsory sightgaz ing on the street corner for the work ing stiff.
"Conscription of Wealth." Trade Unionist Fatuity. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 9 October 1915
'Conscription of Wealth.' Trade Unionist Fatuity. The N.S.W. Labor Council, at its weekly meeting on September 30, carried a resolution opposing any form of conscription which did not include 'conscription of wealth.' It would, be instructive to have the definition of each delegate present as to what he meant by the term. On the face of it, it might ap pear that the Council had sud denly become converted to the, I. W.W. advocacy of the seizure of all property to be utilised in the interests of society as a whole. If this is what they mean by 'conscription of wealth,' the de bate on the subject was conspicu ously remarkable for the absence of any methods whereby the scheme could be put into opera tion. The I. W.W. has been condemn ed by all the wise-heads of the Labor Council as 'extremists,' 'faddists,' 'impossibilists, ' etc., but Industrial Unionists, at all eventst have never been so hair brained as to advocate the 'con- scription of wealth' without lay ing down a means for accom...