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NEWS FROM ITALY. STRIKES IN LOMELLINA. [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
%BWS PROM ITALY. ? ? i (Compiled and tra sUted from 'ATanti,' I of Bome, by Ashes Wax»Ikld- f STRIKES IH LOMKLLINA. ! Iv almost all the villages of Lomellina there are strikes. The Socialists organising ' Leagues of Amelioration' among the agricul cultnral laborers. The first issue of the organ of tl^e leagues hits ap peared as a supplement of the Socialist journal ' La Plebe,' and is being distributed with enthusiasm everywhere in Lomellina. | STRIKE OF ROAD-WORKERS. | ? When the work of making a road 1 in Sant' Andrea began about nine | hundred men aud women were em- \ ployed. 1 The contractor hired them | to . work by the job, paying from seven to eight cents a cabio yard. | The laborers .agreed to try this as j an experiment. Bat the ground to f be dag np is very hard, so that it jj was difficult to earn 25 cents, a day. 1 After working for several hours a ? day they struck for an increase of I wages. | STRIKE OP WOMEN EARNIHG TWO I CENTS A DAY. i - At Sassari, a short time ago,...
Waterloo Branch. [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
[?] This Branch onVTitt^y». wl 23id July, at Comrade Pro wBe'a, residence, Comrade T- Batho inthe ofcair. After , the nanal ' business, election of new membere was pro^ needed with, as well aa the electron, of officers for the ensiling half-year, which reeu ted as follows : He Neill, sectetary; W. Morleyi treasurer (eleoted unopposed) ; ex ecutive officers, W. . Prowxe, G. Isaacs, T. Batho ; paper' manager, P1. ' Christenson ; organiser, G. Isaacs ; auditors, W. Prowse, G. Jsaaos. Resolved that the Branch hold a meeting in the Alexandria Town Hall, on the 6th instant, members requested to attend at 7.80 p.m. to receive the Auditor's report, and Secretary's half-yearly balance sheet. Reading of papers at S p.m. by the following Comt ades : T. Batho, G. Isaacs, W. Prowse. The public are invited to t^is meeting. Alfred B. Pboud, Hon. Sec. Thus Owen Gilbert, M Li. i. — ' With regard to the local manufac turers of railway material, his con tention whb that if huge monopolies were to be c...
What's Wrong with Geo. Black's Memory. [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
What's Wrong with Geo., Black's Ma^iry, 1 Under the somewhat catchy heading of ' Labor first ; private opinions next,' George' Black writes as follows in . Sydney ' Worker '' of last week : 'The Worker ' altogether ignores the contemptible curs, animated by the most discreditable motives, who even now yawp and yelp in turgid and ungrammatical English at thq heels | of the P.L.L. Executive concerning its endorsement of certain candidates. For the information, however, of the I honest who may be misled by snch exhibitions! of. malevolence and in herent viciousness, it may be said I that the Execative has no power to refuse endorsement to any qualified candidate, constitutionally endorsed by a constitutionally-formed League, i It may consider protests, it may delay endorsement, but if' a League some two or three hundred strong persists, its man must be endorsed. Now, the 'Worker' opposed the seleotionof some three or four candidates and was | unsuccessful in its opposition. That being ...
PARTY GOVERNMENT. [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
PARTY GOVERNMENT.] ' Every vote given by the people for a third party waa a protest against party government, a. protest agaidst the old system of retuhiing a man to vote for a party, whether it did right or wrong.' Our key note for this week iB lifted from the columns of the New York People, the official organ of the militant Socialist Party of America. Bead side by side witn tne quote at tne neaa of this article from Mr. McUowen's speech on th - Lee censure motion on behalf of the Bogus Labor I 'arty, it throws an X-ray search light on the profundity of the ' Labor Leader's '' lack of economic knowledge and his utter inability — and likewise the inability of the men whose mouthpiece he is — to grasp the true meaning of working class politics. Party Government must exist so long as Capitalism exists. Party Government is only Class Govern ment, after all ; and when Mr. McGowen posed — as he did on this occasion — as a special pleader for a Capitalist Government, the fact was suffici...
Key Note. [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
KeV Rote. ^ The political field is the field of bora adversaries. No political party baa 4ny bwiness there except on the theory rbatno other can.jnstify its, existence. The political field implies mutually contemplated ex termination This is especially so with a revolutionary parti, above all with a party that claims to repre sent tne W or King Ulaes and to aim at the uprooting of the ' 'apitaliat Class. ; He, aeoordingly, ,who acts with . a party that he advocates as Socialist, and afterwards allows himself to be elevated by the party he fought, brands himself a specu lator on Labor votes, whioh he sought to gather only for the pur pose of raiding his own price, his bribe.— N.Y. 'People.'
A BLUE MARK [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
A BLUB MARK Through this par. denotes that your subscription ia again due. Should you still wish to have the paper continued, please forward postal note to ' The Managing-Editor, Thb People, Kidman's Buildings, corner York end Market-streets, Sydney;' Australian Gas Qo. has declared a dividend of 9s a share. The Gas Co.'s employees are still sweated though. A Greater Sydney could supply its own light, pay its em ployees a decent living wage, and ad it more cheaply than the Co. does with its underpaid labor and big dividends. A lie should be trampled on and extinguished wherever found.— CARLYLB.
Killing off the Women and Children. [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
Killing off the Women and ehilclren. This week's cables announce that the mortality in the Boer refugee, or concentration, camps throughout the disturbed districs of South Africa is steadily di minishing. Some time back it was cabled that the enormons death-rate in what are termed ' the Roer refuge camps ' — but what are really prison camps — was dae to the unclean habits of the Boer women and chil dren themselvesT Recently, in the House of Com mons, Mr. Lloyd-George moved the adjournment on this matter, and conclusively proved that the death rate was solely due to the system on which the prison camps are organised and conducted. Mr. Brodrick, in response to questions concerning the women and children, stated that the deaths in Johannesburg camp from May 1 to May 81 numbered six men, six women, and -^sixty-eight children. Th y are accounted for by an epi demio of meatles. The deaths in the first week of Jane were one man and three children. The deaths in the Transvaal catnpd for May...
Professor Harper Harps on Black Labor. [Newspaper Article] — People — 3 August 1901
Professor Harper Harps on Black Labor. Professor Harper lectured in the T.M 0. a Hall on a ' White Australia.' Twas a Yes-No lec ture. The Professor, after emphati cally declaring for a 'White' Australia, said, 'In his opinion it was unreasonable to demand the in stant exclusion of black labor, and the laboring enthusiasm urging that course was, to his mind, excessive and unreasonable. He believed &nbsp; that it wan founded upon class in terests and class demands. The Government of Queensland had sold land, and induced people to buy it by promising that they sbonld have cheap labor from the Islands, and it wonld be grossly unfair to these men to have the black labor in stantly suppressed. If the Govern ment took 10 years or more to pnt an end to the state of things which they now declared to be impossible &nbsp; for just men, they had a right to take that iin e rather than to aot in haste. What was 10 years in the life of a nation ?' And so, because a robber Gov ernm...
The Socialist Press Assistance Fund. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
The Socialist Press Hs» sistance Pond. H.M., 3d ; D.O., Is 3d ; A.T., Is ; S.CC., 2s ; F.D., In; 4s ; J.O.M., 2s ; J.S., Is ; HE,} 2s ; Miss V., Is ; J.MoD., la. |
WORSE THAN BRUTAL. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
WORSE THAN BRUTAL. 'It's worse than brutal,' said an old chap to the writer, as we stood watching the aged men and women scrambling and jostling and struggling for admission to the George-street West Bank. There is absolutely no waiting room, and no seating accommo dation for the old people. For hou s, they stand at the Bank doors, waiting to be admitted in batches ; and every time the door opens there iB a struggle for first place, in which old men and women, tottering almost on the verge of the grave, take part The system of paying the Old Age Pensions is a scandal and a disgrace to both the Govt, and the Bank, and should without delay be superseded by some me thod that will at least have an appearance of decency about it. At the York and Market-streets Bank, the same unseemly strug gle, the same inhuman waiting for hours, takes place. But, th^n, since it's only the old men and women of the working-class jvjio are subjected to this treatment— and since the working-class f is witho...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
S.L.P. STATE' PLHTPORM.^^ . SOCIAL ? DEMANDS, L CHILD LABOR.— All Gliildren to attain the age of 15 before being permitted to engage in any wage-earning occupation. 2. WOMEN'S LABOB.— Equalisation of women's wages with those of men where equal service is performed. No woman to be employed under oonditions detrimental to her health or morality. 3. J&IGHT-HOUR DAY.— Reduction of the hours of labor in acoordance with the increase of production, immediate legisl ation of a working day of 8 hours (or lees) ; overtime to be a penal offence.'1 4. FACTORIES LEGISLATION. — An efficient and comprehensive Factories Act to provide for healthy and humane condi tions of . employment ; any breach of the Act to be a penal offence. All Factory Inspectors to be elected by the workers in their respective trades. All State workshops to be under the jurisdiction of the Act. 5. EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY ACT.— An -Employers' Liability Act to provide for compensation to workers who may be in jured, aadt...
Tom Dunstan. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
Ton Dnnstan, Now poor Tom Dun* tan's cold, All life grows duller ; There's a blight on young and old. And our talk has loat its bold Bed-republican color 1 Poor Tom was crippled and thin, But, Lord, if you'd seen his face, Whan, siolc of the country's sin. With bang of the fut and chin Stack ont, he argued the ca«e 1 He prophesied men should be free, Ana tne money-Dags do oiea, ' She's ooming, she's coming.' says he, ' Courage, boys, wait and see, Freedoms ahead !' Cross-legged on the board we sat, Like spiders, spinning, Stitching and weaving, while fab Old Moses, with eyes like a cat, Sat greasily grinning ; And here Tom said his say. And propesied Tyranny's death ; ? And the tallow burned all day. And we stitched and stitched away In the thick smoke of our breath. Poor worn out slops were we. With hearts as heavy as lead ; ' But, Patience, she's coming, 'said he ; ' Courage, boys, wait and see 1 r- ? _i. ? a i-i ciqouuiuo auaau i But Tom was little. and weak, The hard hoars shook...
To Correspondents. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
To eorreapondents. R.S.B., Balmain. — Tour wishes have been coir plied with ; but do you think it is quite fair to make an in definite oharge of that kind. Why not have stated particulars 1 ' Witigh,' Kadina. — Four letter appears elsewhere. Your p«per ia posted regularly enough at this end. Sending you aome recent back num bers. Islington. -Received with thanks. Clears you to Sep. 30 next. J. J Power (Publican's Labor member for Lang) did a special barrack in the talking shop against property holders being compelled to pay for the cleaning up of the filth whioh they had allowed to accumulate on their j premises, and which furnished snch a source of danger during ' the plague ravages. «
Miss Duncan's Extraordinary Statement. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
Miss Dnncan's Extraor* dinary Statement. In the report of the Department of Labor and Industry Miss Dun can. one of the int-pectors, i« credited with tbe following I — ' The signs of expanding pros perity in the State are to be seen in the marked improvement in tUe wages paid to women and girls in the clothing and tailoring trades. Some wholesale manufacturers af firm that they have been obliged to raise the wages of some of their employees 25 per cent , and on all hands there are com plain rs of the dearth of.empoyee,. ' In a few individual cases that statement may be correct ; but, if it is meant to apply generally, it is absolutely errone--aB, and it should be a matter for consideration whether, in a report that is to go out to the world as an offioial document, an inspector should be allowed on the sole authority of the employing class, to make reckless statements that are so fearfully wide of the mark So far we have not been able to secure ia copy of Miss Dun can's report; we s...
CAPITALISM IN WESTRALIA. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
1 CAPITALISM IN WES* TRAjLIA A Westbaliait correspondent 'writes to the ' Bulletin ' : ' In a aerie* of articles to the Maldon (Vie.) Nkws, entitled 'Life in WeetraJia,' contributed by me i Hot., 1699, 1 made theae statements among others, and I would like to repeat them now : — ' Slavery is ex istent to a very large extent throughout -he nor'- west part of Weetrmlia ; and I doubt if slaves are so maltreated in any other country in the world. The slaves are t£e aboriginals, more familiarly called 'black boys ' and the 8LAVJ OWNERS AXE THE 8QCATTKBS. If im aboriginal is 60 years old, he is invariably recognised as a ' black boy,' the same as if his age was only 15 years. The ? boys ' are indentur ed to. the sqnatters every 1 2 months, and woe betide those who refuse to sign their mark on the agreement drawn np. There are some 1200 of these nnfortnnatea employed on the various stations, and in retain for their services they receive daily just enongh to exist on. ' There are afew white...
The Bakers to Organise. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
The Bakers to Organise* The Bakers Union of Sydney has had rules in existence for a long time, but they ? have been overridden and ignored by the masters generally. Now, how ever. an organised attempt is to be made in order to lift the con ditions — to get better wages and shorter hours. The rules of the union are to be enforced from September 1 next. The union claims a membership of some 500, which is encouraging. Mass meetings of the trade have been held, the last one eventuating on Saturday after noon, and it has been shown that operators are now forced to work from 65 to 96 hours per week, i while the wages are ,cut down to a minimum. Sweating is so rampantjthat, it is asserted, the work-day totals, in many cases, 16 hours for wages that range from £1 per week upward This has bee& done in order that retailers might be supplied at 1(1 peHtJaf and the general public at Hd Competition which is so often credited with being the ' life of trade,' is making things fairly degrad...
All the Same to them. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
411 the Same to them. An excited debate has taken piace in the Commons upon the action of the authorities in permitting the use of troops to over awe the Penrhyn strikers.. The above message was cabled out this week, and reveals the fact that Lord Penrhyn is becom ing tired of the aggravatingly protracted duration ot the strike of his quarries, and that Cham berlain's Government has been sending troops to aid his lordship in defeating the strikers. Of course, where it's a matter of capi talism against the workers, Cham berlain's blood-besmeared gang wouldn't hesitate to shoot down the latter. It's all the same to them whether the men and wo men and children tHey murder are Boer or British. What con* cerns them solely is that out of the killing or the starving of the people they shall make profit, and, at the same time, perpetuate the system that e nables them to live idly on the plunder of the toilers. Next week The Pe PLE will haxe something to say con cerning the new Federal force...
KERNELS. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
KERNELS. At Hetton oollifnry the other week, two men were sacked with out notice, ostensibly for not having set a sprag. The night previous they Lad reported two men to the committee for breaking the roles of the Lodge . Will Mr. Mathieson i«ii us wnecner tney were sactea for not having the sprag in, or for reporting the two rule-breakerpP Mr. Barr has sacked the delegate and treasarer of the hhondda Colliery Lodge. Is this a little more iatimidation ? Thk Fiona means to keep a watchful eye on events at this colliery. The miners of Pennsylvania agi tated for 20 years to get a lawV enacted to secure cash weekly pay ments of wages. The ? capitalist legislators took care that the lair was rendered nugatory by the in sertion of the two words ' on de mand,' because all the miners who made the demand were sure to be discharged. The Public Works Department in this State has abo lished the weekly payment system of the Unions, won after years of agitation. And the reason given for paying the...
TAILORESSES' UNION. [Newspaper Article] — People — 10 August 1901
TAILORBSSES' ONION. I On Tuesday evening next, in the Proteatant Hall, Castlereagh Btreet, Sydney, under the auspices of the above Union, a mass meet, ing of the Tailoressea ia to be held for organising purposes, ad dresses will be delivered by six or seven speakers, and it is anti cipated that the event will result in a strong addition to the mem bership of the Union. I Crowded out : Report of monthly concert at Marx Hall.