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BARKER DEFENCE FUND. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
BARKER DEFENCE FUND. - ?') A meeting of subscribers to the ? ?? above Fund, will be held at the I.W.W. Hall, 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney, on Monday, 25th inst, at ; 8 p.m., to discuss the question of the fine imposed at Barker's trial. Action decided upon will be ad vertised in the following issue of * 'Direct Action,' to give subscrib ers who cannot be present an op portunity of forwarding objec tions, if aiiy. J. MORGAN, Sec. Defence Committee. Do you know more about the war in '? Europe than the war on the job? Which ; affects you most? ? : s
"Who Pays For Strikes" [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
'Who Pays For Strikes' ? * ? Under the above caption ''The Knn.' of October 16, takes the Employers' Federation to task for implying in its annual report that I'liiployers lose more by strikes ilifin the workers. ''The Sun' quotes figures to show that, in Australian industries, ;iftrr prices of raw material, light ? -Hm j ut:ij anu uiicicoi UA1 XcjlJU, I ;-)ant, and buildings, etc., have I inx'ii met, the liett profit does not I exceed 10 per cent, of the value I di1 the total output, while wages I amount to 20 per cent. Hence, I ^includes the 'Sun,' if the work I crs are told (though falsely), that I wliile they lose 10/- a day, the em I plover loses 20/-, they will flatter I themselves with the futile belief I tli at a big strike will give them I victory in the battle of purses.' I What strikes one here is not the I loose and sloppy reasoning of § 'The Sun' scribe, though that is I obvious enough, but the fact that ? i Sic theory of surplus value is vir I liully admitted. The 10 p...
The Why of a Six Hour Day. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
The Why of a Six Hour Day. ? ♦ ? In capitalist society, there is at :my given moment a certain num ber of jobs to be filled. In carry ing out the work entailed it is re quired that a certain number of v/oi'kers should be employed for a given number of hours per day. Meanwhile, a number of unem ployed are tramping from job to job in an endeavor to find a mas ter. Though no individual worker is continuously unemployed, yet it is true that the unemployed problem has always been a characteristic of the capitalist system. The number of men who have irone from this country to the war, without leaving any apparent shortage in the labor market, while production has been practi cally kept up to its former level, shows the large amount of unem ployment which must prevail even during what the. capitalist press palls prosperous periods. It is no concern of the workers whether this or that capitalist can afford to meet the extra outlay of variable capital — that is, wages — which a six-hour work...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
lirect Action OFFICIAL ORGAN Of th« INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF , THE WORLD. (Australian Adm nistr3iion). URioe: — 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. MANAGER: E. A. GIFFNEY. HEADQUARTERS I.W.VJ. (Austria)! 330 CASTLEREACH GT., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S. A .
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITY. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITY. Things are looking up a bit at j Local No. 3. Now the cold weather , , . is passing away, we have started our propaganda meetings once , - , ( again. The crowd increases, paper , * , sales are increasing, and altogeth- ? ' 1 er things have a brighter outlook. || - ? Our propaganda meetings are. ? held every Sunday night at 7.30; also educational classes every Wednesday night. ' ' -j C. H. BARRETT, Sec-Treasurer. j j
SUBSCRIPTIONS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
SUBSCRIPTIONS. A. W. Avey 2/-, T. Allen 1/-, G. A. Adams 1/-, Geo. Avery 2/-, R. F. Bar rith 1/-, (G. Cargill 1/-, G. Crown 2/-, Sam Cole 2/-, C. Dale 2/-, T. Dham 2/-, J. Egan ]/-, T. Egan 1/-, G. F. Finn 1/-, M. Foley 2/-, J. B. Gormley 2/-, H. Graham 1/-, J. Gibbons 2/-, M. Gar vie 2/-, A. H. Hunt 2/-, G. Huser 2/-, T. Hart 1/-, H. Hardy 2/-, J. Hourigan 2/-, Jos. Hade 1/-, Wm. Harwood 2/-, J. Jonasson 2/-, Alf. Knight 2/-, W. Leeming 1/-, E. Lace 1/-, G. Lee 2/-, W. Morgan 1/-, G. J. Millar 1/-, M. Manning 5/-, Jim Murray 2/-, J. Page 1/-. J. H. Payne 1/-, A. D. Payne 1/-, Harry Priim 1/-, W. Parry 2/-/J. Red mond 2/-, Hugh Smith 2/-, W. J. Shaughnessy 2/-, W. Taylor 1/-, R. Trembath 1/-, Jos. Thompson 1/-, E. J. Teys 2/-, W. Mark 2/-, R. Warner 1/-, John Wallace 2/-. G. Allen 2/-, B. E. Ardill 1/-, S. Bryan 4/-, D. A. Bruce 1/-, A. A. Burt 2/-, D. Caldwell 1/-, J. Christian 1/-, W. Corney 2/-, A. Cliappell 2/-, J. Con boy 2/-, L. R. Day 1/-, A. Dixon 2/-. W. Daley 2/-, J. Devon...
The Decay of the Craft and it's Union. (A. Mack.) [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
The Decay of the Craft and it's Union. (A. Mack.) Unionism had its birth- in the re cognition that group action was more effective than industrial ef fort. Practically the same psy chology operated in the develop ment of flocks and herds among the lower animals, and also to wards the formation of tribes and clans among our early forbears. Two thousand Years atrn 1.W Ro mans had craft groups, called by them collegia, similar to. our trade unions; and we need not be sur prised to behold the English speaking world, in another decade, celebrating the centenary of craft unionism, for it is bordering on 100 years since such organisations of workers were first legalised by the masters of England. To be effective the Labor union must reflect the economic condi tions of the workers. This, the early craft union did: every work man was in those times the master of his particular activity: he work ed on the article through all its stages to completion. Usually, he was the owner of the tools wit...
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
The violation of Belgian neutra lity, we are told, was the reason for Great Britain going to war. Great Britain always posed as a champion of small nationalities. Ireland, South Africa, Egypt, In dia, are cases in point. Now we have Britain violating Greek neu trality by landing an army at Sa lonica. What becomes of her great moral indignation over 'poor Belgium?' If the Greek Government resist ed by force of arms, would Aus tralians be told that they would be 'protecting their country' by going to fight there? Germany had the same right in Belgium as Britain has in Greece, or Austra lians at the Dardanelles. And that is no right at all. 'But there are still among the work ing class those to whom one can tell nothing, and who are eternally experi menting in an endeavor to destroy the profits of the master class.'
I. W. W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
I. W. W. Preamble. The working class and the employing class have nothing in 1 common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are I found among millions of working people, and the few who wake I up the employing class have all the good things of life. I Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the I workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the I earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage I system. J We find that the centreing of the management of industries into 1 fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with 1 the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions j pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby I helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade j unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief 1 that the working-class have interests in common with their em- I ployers. I These conditions can be changed and the interests o...
Promises! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
Promises ! ? O ? fl Oh, they just wave a flag or they just mB sing a song, _^R And the workers come rusliiug fast,-flj throng upon throng. ;B They just promise medals, they just pro- B mise stars, H And oh; but the workers a-rusli to the S wars. ^B For years they have fooled them, have H moulded their thought, B With lies from the pulpit— from leaders B they've bought, ^K And oh! to this falseness what gains B doth attend! B Tin slaves leave their children— thai B masters defend, B But we who have knowledge refuse to B be fooled, B. And we 've only laughed while the rm B ters have 'sooled. ' fl| And we long and we hope, and we work H for the day, fl| When we'll sweep those damned ns-_Bj cals clean out of our way. S —A. J. WALLACE. fl
I. W. W. in N. Z. Authorities Active. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
I. W.W. inlU. Authorities Active. i News from New Zealand is to S the effect that the business place I of P. Josephs, of Wellington, also I his private residence, were raid- I ed by the authorities in the seareli ? for mental dynamite in the shanP ? of 'Direct Actions.' W Systematic search was made but M nothing more harmful to the fl bosses' well-being than a few m copies of 'Mother Earth'' could ? ' be discovered. 9 Josephs was arrested ami de- *fl tained all day in the 'cooler*' un. M til 4 o'clock in the afternoon ? when he was released without any ,9 charge being placed against him.' fl Since Massey & Co. 's special law S was enacted against 'Direct Ac- 8 tion ' there is a greater demand in H New Zealand for the paper than I ever; and if the law remains in I force for a year or two we hope I to have a wider circle of readers I in New Zealand than even iu Aus- I tralia.- H
Subscribers: Please Note. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
Subscribers: Please Note. ? * ? Subscribers should note that now we have become a weekly, the yearly sub sreiption to the paper ?will bo four shillings; half-yearly, two shillings. Those who have already subscribed will be supplied with a weekly copy un til their subscription runs out, on 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 the future. Remember, without a press all other propaganda is useless.
Will Ford and Suhr be Freed? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
Will Ford and Suhr be Freed ? ? *» The article following is taken from the 'Sau Francisco Exam iner.' Ford and Suhr were sen tenced to life imprisonment on a trumped-up charge of murder. They Avere two of several thou sand workers engaged to pick hops on the Durst Ranch, Wheat land, Cal, on August 3, 1913. The degrading and filthy conditions 011 this ranch are said to be in describable. A strike occurred ; a drunken gang of deputies were o ailed out; a peaceable meeting of the strikers was in,progress, when ihey were, without provocation, fired upon by a deputy named Anderson, who, by the way, has never been brought to account for his action. In the resultant dis turbance, one deputy was killed, several strikers were also murder ed, and dozens of women and children strikers were Avounded. Ford and Suhr were prominent in the strike, and, of course, were marked down for revenge by the masters and their courts from the very first. It remains to be seen whether she solidarity and direct...
ORGANISATION NEWS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
ORGANISATION NEWS. F. W. Rancie, on his way through ; from Sydney to Broken Hill, visit- ;; ed Wonthaggi, where he conduct- i ed a series of three meetings, j Great interest was manifested by j the miners in that district, who j have just recently had the usual | treatment meted out to them from ] the Arbitration Court. We hope j that, at some future date, other j members of the organisation will | be able to continue the work be- 1 gun by P. W. Rancie. j I Good work is being carried on .j for Industrial Unionism on the j East- West Railway by members of the I.W.W. We are constantly receiving paper subscriptions and j orders for literature from various 1 parts of the line, a fact which only j goes to show that the organisation j is growing rapidly. j A series of meetings under the 1 auspices of the I.W.W. are to be arranged for Sutherland district, j New South Wales, by the Sydney j Local. The workers in that part j of the country are quite sick of the j Labor Party, and craft union...
MELBOURNE PROPAGANDA. October 14. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 23 October 1915
MELBOURNE PROPAGANDA.. October 14. I Runeie, Clark, and myself visi- I fed, by invitation, the men at the I military hospital (at present build- I ing), and dished out tin- O.B.TJ. I goods to a pleased and satisfied I audience ; sold 5/- literature, song- I books and 'D.A. 's.' This job I propaganda is the goods. Organ- I isiug a thorough campaign this m summer. You'll hear from Mel- m uourjie snoniy. we are quietly sapping the foundations of capi talism (ignorance of the workers), and letting in some daylight on the O.B.U., the fair-dinkum one; no fakes, or 'just as good' about the I.W.W. ; it is the one and only. Saw Runcie and Clark off on 'Wed- nesday by 4.30 dog-boxes to Brok en Hill. We '11 hear from them in the Hill soon, I guess. Had a good economic class to-night. Profes sor Woolff in the chair. The giant Labor is moving. He rubs his eyes; he's straining the chains of craft unionism, and .reaching for the I.W.W. club, and God help the heads when he gets it. — Yours in revol...
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 30 October 1915
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. j LOCALS. I Adelaide Local No. 7— Secretary-Trea- I surer, S. G. Drummond, 43 Charles- 1 street, Unley, Adelaide, S.A. I Sydney Local No. 2— Secretary-Trea- I surer, F. J. Morgan, 330 Castlereagli- I street, Sydney, N.S.W. I Broken Hill Local No. 3— Secretary- . I Treasurer, E. J. Kiely, Palace Build- 1 ings, Sulphide-street, Broken Hill, I N.S.W. I Fremantle Local, No. 5— C/o. W. John- I stone, Burlington Hotel, Pakeiiliam- 1 street, East Fremantle, W.A. I Boulder Local, No. 6— Secretary -Tiea- I surer, F. H. Lunn, Lane-street, Boul- 1 der, W.A. .. I Brisbane Local, No. 7— Secretary-Trea- I surer, J. J. Burke, 'Mimi,' Cribb- I street, Milton, Brisbane, Q. 1 Melbourne Local, No. 8— Secretary- I Treasurer, R. Power, 243 William- I street, Melbourne, V. I Tottenham Local, No. 9— Secretary- 1 Treasurer, A. S. Graham, Uniang- I street, Tottenham, N.S.W. I