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Jots and Jolts and Jars. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
Jots and Jolts 1 andJarsB The Labor Party celebrates its .9 bilee this week. 'Light refreshment'* are to be served to loyal unionfchB and their womenfolk at the To^^B Hall. Anything strong might get ^B slaves thinking of £335 ' dinners. AnSaal then, Christ knows what might 'han'aai pen! aV * .45 „ H ivir. Eisner nas placed his private ? residence at St. Kilda at the disposal ? of the Defence authorities.'- n^ 9 Item. As Mr. Fisher can't very « ? use a house in St. Kilda, Melbouns' I and Park Lane, London, at the sa» ? time., his 'patriotism' will no douti ? be appreciated at its true value. I * * * M Still another 'demarcation' squat ? ble. The A.S.E. in the RandwickJ workshops have been on strike over I a week because of work being done I by others to which they deemed I themselves entitled. The craft union- I ist is apparently so fond of the 1 'privilege' to work that he v.-ill starve ? 'nimself rather than forego it. 1 «? * « ? State Socialism in the Northern I Territory would no...
The Trust Busters Trust. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
The Trust Busters Trust. Attorney-General Hall proposes to spend £400,000 in a scheme to wipe out small bakers and establish a State monopoly of bread. Hall in tends to 'retain the services of smart active workmen and weed out the old ei employ eoa, ,,no pio'uaLly could not be trained out of their old grooves.'. (Vide press report). The 'smart and active' are to be paid ten shillings a week extra, but what is to become of the labor displaced, bread-cart driv ers, bakers, etc., we are not inform ed. The Labor Party is out to 'down the Trust' and the Government ot New South Wales is, we are told, giv ing certain alleged powers to the Fed eral Government for that purpose. And yet here we have the 'Trust- busters' going in for a monopoly scheme with the identical object in view as all other trusts we have ever heard of, namely, the economising of labor. Hall boasts that he will be able to sell bread a penny a loa£ cheaper, but all Trusts-in-the-making advance similar excuses for their e...
Glasgow Tenants Strike. Take Direct Action. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
Glasgow Tenants Strike. Take Direct Action. The following is from the 'Glas gow Weekly News,' of October 2nd. It shows how the victims cf land lordism in Glasgow were acting just about the time our local 'Rent Pa1 -«rs' Association,' composed chiefly of lab orite and socialist politicians were killing the landlord with hot air reso lutions. GLASGOW TENANTS' STRIKE SPREADING. PARTICK FAMILIES STAND FIRM FACTOR PELTED WITH PEASE MEAL. The Glasgow tenants' 'strike' is spreading like wildfire. Districts as widely scattered as Shettleston, Parkhead, South Govan, Possilpark, and Cathcart are affected by the determination of the household ers to resist the increased rents de manded by the factors. Now the suburb of Partick has joined in the feud. The increased rent which the factors wish to collect range from one shilling to halfa crown a month, and recently the re bellious householders who adopted a defiant attitude were served with notices to quit their dwellings unless they were prepare...
One Dinner £325 [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
One Dinner £325 . — ?»? ? 'Expenses of public function in ho nor of the Honourable A. C. Carmich ael, during his stay in London — £335 19s 3d,' is an item that is looming large in the public eye for the past few days. The Government of New South Wales has to foot the bill, and why shouldn't it? What are govern ments for in any case? When Car michael went to London it became ne cessary for him to address some of the financial lights hr their advisers on the question of raising a loan, and who can perform this function better than a Parliamentary Labor member who is prepared to guarantee that the slaves he 'represents' are willing and eager to produce the ne cessary surplus to meet the demands of the dividend fiends. If the Agent-General who improvis ed the beano deemed Carmickey's ta lents in this direction worth 335 quid for a half-hour's 'spiel' — why more power (and 'honor') to the honorable Ambrose as a labor representative. The labor fakir is worthy of his hire and a good 'blow-...
Miss Pankhurst On War. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
Miss Pankhurst On War. ? » ? Approximately a thousand people assembled in the Protestant Hall, Castlereagh Street, on Monday even ing last the attraction being Miss Adela Pankhurst, or, perhaps, it would be more correct to say, Miss Pank hurst's views on wars in general, and the present European war in particu lar. Although Miss Pankhurst laid bare the underlying causes o£ war, and spoke of its horrors in a manner which held the close attention of her audience, her solution of the problem did not seem to be quite clear. The formation of a Women's Peace Army with a view to introducing the prin ciple of arbitration into international disputes may be a praiseworthy ob ject in itself, but one fails to see how such an organisation, with an inter national Arbitration Court thrown in, is going to remove the fundamental economic motives underlying all wars of the capitalist regime. If the war has its real origin in the fact that the workers of modern na tions receive only a portion of their...
WAR PROFITS. SEQUEL TO THE BOSSES' PATRIOTISM. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
WAR PROFITS. SEQUEL TO THE BOSSES' PATRIOTISM. During the recent South Wales coal strike the capitalist press throughout the British Empire let itself go in frenzied denunciaion at the action of the ''disloyal' and 'unpatriotic' col liers. If some of the capitalist news papers had their way, and if coal min ers were people who could be done without, they would have advocated iub suuuiiiig ui every uuuier on sintie as a warning to similarly inclined 'traitors.' How dared the miners de mand a few shillings more per week when the Empire was in danger? Was not the war specially ordained by al divine providence so that coal owners and other unscrupulous profit mong ers might make fortunes out of the flesh and blood of their slaves. The following statement of profits of some leading South Wales firms, taken from an English publication, sb-^ws better than all arguments how much these frenzied wails over the 'Empire's danger' were worth, and incidentally, also, it serves to show why capital...
Coming Trouble in New Zealand. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
Coming Trouble in New Zealand* According to the dally press, a new strike movement is mooted in New Zealand. The cable states that the waterside workers, miners and sea men are very dissatisfied with the failure of the Arbitration Court to raise wages commensurate with the rapidly increasing cost of living. The workers of New Zealand have not been doped to the same extent with politics as their Australian brothers, and consequently are more prone to rely upon their own power than the swarm of political boodle hunters, who are as plentiful, al though more unsucessful in 'Gods- own,' than they are in the bigger island. The twenty years of arbitration, which followed the great '90 strike, built up the spineless 'master class' unionism, whose lack of courage and initiative gave to New Zealand the title of 'land without strikes.' It is difficult to ascertain whether politics or arbitration are more conducive in side-tracking the activities and ob .iocts of the unions. The revolt against ...
The Endless Chain. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
The Endless Chain. By Howison E. Hoover. The masters, as in days of old, The slaves of Toil in bondage hold; And so they climb an endless hill; Upon the masters' slave treadmill ; And every bright or cloudy morn, VViien rings the bell or toots the liorn, 1 he toilers crawl from shacks and dens, To tread the mill in wage slave pens. And thus Toil's flesh in constant pain, Is racked upon the endless chain Ul '-jo to work To earn the cash To buy the food To gain the strength To go to work,'' etc. The more one struggles to produce The more he will his wage reduce; Till competition of ,the strife Will pit against the man his wife; Against each other they will speed Until their children pit their need Against the twain — the game of pelf Where Toil's own blood dilutes itself— And thus around Toil spins again Cpon the damning, soulless chaiu Of 'Go to work,'. etc. The faster toil hits up the speed The more he keeps for Shirk and Greed, The more compounds the misery Of all who toil in drudg...
GLASS BOYS' STRIKE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
GLASS BOYS' STRIKE. A strike of Glass Boys in the Glass Bottle Works, Waterloo, occurred on Tuesday of last week. About 400 workers were involved; although the boys numbered only 200 the works were unable to carry on without their assistance. Many of the so-called 'boys' are really young men, 18 and 19 vears of asc. roitip. uv-m niriov orM the company considers seven bob a day an ample wage for this class of labor. What was Providence thinking about to give such a thing as a stom ach to boys of 19 in any case? The boys were not members of a union, and consequently were turned down by the Trades Hall officials. One Ronnfeldt, secretary of the Fede rated Glass Founders' Society, heroi cally volunteered to come to their aid. we agreed to organise them on one condition — that they should return to work forthwith. Whatever would the bosses do without their union secre taries? To the credit of the workers, however, they turned down this scab by proposal. Ronnfeldt's anxiety for the boys' ...
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, W.A. Wednesday Evenings, in Hall — Class Meeting. Friday Evening, Boulder Post Office — Propaganda Meeting. Saturday Evening, Kalgoorlie — Propa- ganda Meeting. Sunday Morning, 10.30 a.m., Hall — Business Meeting. Sunday Afternoon, Keane's Goldfields Hotel, Athletic Club, at 2.30— Lec- ture. Sunday Evening, Boulder — Propaganda Meeting. Good Library at HalL All Beds ar« Invited to dig In and make Industrial Unionism the Topic of the Day. P. H. LUNN.
The Living Wage. R.I.P. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
The Living Wage. ? * — __ R.I. P. The 'living' wage, the standing I/Oast of the so-called labor fcnove- ment, the Kieat achievement of twen- ) , ty years' political action, has been ' mv--ih off the board by Arbitration Court Judge Heydon. ' It will be remembered that in Fob- ' ' ~:i, ruary of last year be gave to Aus- '.I tralia his famous pronouncement that ?! £2 8s per week was ample for a slave . ; - Ins wire and kids, to exist upon. With , ' ? characteristic fairness, Heydon direc- ' ' '' - ted the chairmen of wanes boards to ? j. . j increase or decrease this wage in ac- jf .? cordaiice with the purchasing power of the sovereign. : ?? ' * * # . | Now all is changed, however. The purchasing power of the sovereign t ' has decreased to such an extent that i W even on Heydon's own calculation, ! \\ \i the weekly wage of £2 8s should now be increased to £2 3s. The conse quence? of granting such an increase Heydon now describes as quite be yond 'his powers of provision,' and . ' he ...
American News. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
American News. The General Secretary of the I.W.W. in the United States, writes as follows under date October 20th: — Fellow Worker, — I have just received your letter of August 27th with money order for 10.00 dollars, 4.63 dollars in payment ui iuciai.uic mat you nave leueiveu and the balance for assorted Italian literature. It is good to get such an interesting letter and to learn of the steady pro frreijs the I.W.W. is making in Aus ralia. You have got the movement started there on a solid foundation, and every loyal member added to your membership will make you just so much stronger. The clean, clear cut propaganda of 'Direct Action' should make it the best liked paper by the working class and the worse hated by the politicians and capitalists gen erally in that country. Working men who want to do something for them selves will find the road to freedom by following the lead of 'Direct Ac tion.' That you have made such splendid advance in the last twelve months is evidenced by th...
"The Danger of Over Indulgence" WORKERS—SAVE YOUR MASTERS! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
'The Danger of Over- Indulgence' WORKERS— SAVE YOUR MASTERS! 'It is wonderful what people can do without if they are forced to do so,' remarks Sydney 'Herald,' in its loading columns of 19th inst. 'When they are not forced,' it goes on to r.ay, 'the task is much more difficult of accomplishment, for it requires a much greater amount of moral fibre to be sparing when necessity does not drive.' These weighty words of wisdom anxiety for what it calls 'Public and Private. Economy.' It is to be hoped the workers will consider and act up on such .obvious truths. There is no reason in the world why those people --vho.-e welfare the 'Herald' 'i.' ' ? ' ??? '? ' -i mid not be forced to :aany, if not all. of those ? ?? ; things of which the workers deprive themselves. This will obvi ate the necessity on the part of those for ?whom the 'Herald' speaks of r subjecting their 'moral fibre' to the unusual and unaccustomed strain of 'going without.' The kind of moral fibre, the scar city of which t...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
DIRECT ACTION 4? *$? 4» 4» ?&? 41 * 41 4» + 4? ♦ WEEKLY OFFICIAL ORGAN Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:--330 Castlereagh St., Sydney, Australia. Editor: Thos. Glynn. Manager: Tom Barker. Subscriptions: .4/ per year; New Zealand, 6/ per year; Foreign, 8/ per year. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia) 330 CASTLEREAGH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS: 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, Hi., U.S.A.
Will Joe Hill Die? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
Will Joe Hill Die? The case of Joe Hill, a member of the I.W.W., in the United States, is attracting considerable public atten tion there, according to latest mail advices. Hill was charged with mur der in the early part of last year, and was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death. His conviction and sentence was the signal lor t a shoal of protests rolling in from all quarters of America to the authorities of the State of Utah, where the trial and conviction took place. It was known that the evidence against Hill was of the ilinisifisi na ture, and that a 'frame up' agaiust uim oil the pan of the Utah auun li lies, because o£ liis activity in i^e I.W.W., was the sole cause of his ar rest, became apparent at the trial, when all the principal wittnesses for Jhe proseqution flatly contradicted, on the most important points, the evidence given: at the preliminary hearing. Hill had reason to suspect even his own attorneys of being part and par cel of the conspiracy against his li...
Our Standpoint. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
Our Standpoint. Alderman Warner, a member of the Waterloo Council, and a member oi the Socialist Party, was recently sen tenced to a period of imprisonment for running foul i-f the police while ad dressing a public meeting in the Syd ney Domain. The Full Court of JNew South Wales has since cancelled War ner's aldermanic 'honors' on the ground that he was a 'criminal.' This is another victory lor the advocates of political action. That the workers should waste time and money in re turning men to Parliament or public bodies when Courts have the power to remove them from their position for infringements of capitalist law, is surely farcical. Probably political ac tionists will tell us that the law and the police, and the legal machinery of ' capitalism generally, should be res pected. This is quite logical from the Laborites, standpoint, but what about our r-r-revolutionary 'comrades'?
ESSENTIAL ITERATION. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 1915
ESSENTIAL ITERATION. (By William Mellor.) To say that Solidarity is the need of the hour is to utter a platitude of the worst kind. And yet the work ers have not yet realised fully that many a truth is contained in the ver iest of platitudes — hence their inclin ation to complain of the agitator's 'damnable iteration.' Personally, I feel that the message of Industrial Unionism has got to be preached in season and out of sea son, wars or no wars, until at last the dispossessed begin to act. only Dy the creation of blackleg-proof Indus trial Unions can freedom from wage slavery be reached; only by becom ing embued with the ideal of Control can the workers hope to enter into their own. Skilled and unskilled, highly-paid and lowly-paid, all are members of the one class, fighting in the same war, sure of victory if united, certain of defeat if disorgani sation continue. —London 'Solidarity.-
ADDRESSES OF I.W.W. LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 27 November 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- Burer, F. J. Morgan, 330 Castlereagh street, Sydney, N.S.W. Broken Hill Local No. 3 — Secretary- Treasurer, E. J. Kiely, Palace Build ingB, Sulphide-street, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Fremantle Local, No. 5 — C/o. W. John stone, Burlington Hotel, Pakenham street, East 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 William street, 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. Christchurch Local, No. 2 — E. Kear, Secretary-Treasurer,_Madra6...