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"OUR MEN." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
'OUR MEN.' The 'Loco. Record,' the organ of the New Zealand engine-drivers, is responsible for the following brilliant working-class gem: — 'It would be impossible for this union to take part in any conference which erects a stone wall against conscription when it is proved to the hilt that the army is starved for the want of volunteers. It would really mean that we would be assisting in the murder of our comrades at the front. We are not going to do that. At any rate ,we candidly say that con scription must be enforced if our men fail to enrol.' Apart from the traitorous aspect of a Labor organisation which supports Conscription, the antithesis of every thing for which the working class movement stands ,the 'Loco. Record' would appear to be of the opinion that the way to stop murder is by perpet rating it. This valiant patriot, who is paid by the workers to look after their in terests, believes (?) that he can best do so by sending them to face the bayonets of the workers of other ...
OBITUARY. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
? ??« ? OBITUARY. Fellow-worker Tom Anthony died recently at Broken Hill as the result of a strain while at work on the mine. All rebels at the Hill will de plore his loss, as he was a fearless fighter in the cause. A good educa tionalist, he always showed himself willing to promote the propaganda of One Big Union and direct action.
BAND FUND. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
? BAND FUND. The following subs, have been re ceived for the above fund:— D. Goldstein ? £5 q q Donation from Local . . 18 0 H. Petersen ? jq 0 A. Franks ? 5 0 J. Attreed ? 2 6 J. Smithers ? 2 0 F. Carrolin ? 2 6 T. O'Connor ? 3 0 P. Buckley ? j 0 Those desiring to sub. should send in their contributions at once as it is intended to procure the instruments at an early date. G. WASHINGTON, Band Sec.
ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL No. 6. HALL, LANE ST., BOULDER, [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 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 Goldfieldu 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 th« Say. F. H. LUNN.
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
? -?? ? At time of writing 400 porters at Darling Harbour are out on str;k*». The strike is in consequence of the victimisation of one of their mem bers. As usual all other branches of the transport service, including por ters in the same yards engaged in handling perishable goods, are dili gently scabbing. This, in face of the fact that General Secretary Thomp son of the A.S.R.S. frequently boasts of his 'One Big Union.'
The Failure of Arbitration [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
The Failure of Arbitration The discontent of the Craft Unions with Arbitration Awards is becoming . a daily feature in the labor world. We have been told for some years that Arbitration Courts were estab lished for the purpose of- guarantee ing all workers a 'living wage' and protecting them against a too keen competition in the labor market. Not a very mgu amouion ior a so-cauea labor movement, but, nevertheless, plainly one which Arbitration Courts have failed to achieve. The reason is not far to seek. Just as economic conditions generally are reflected in the political and juridical institutions of capitalism, so an arbitration court award is but the reflex of the econo mic power the workers concerned wield. The Arbitration Court is not a work ing class institution, but the offspring of modern day capitalism,' which fears the danger of working class discon tent gaining cohesion and intelligence. It is by the laws of its being com pelled to move within the circle which the laws un...
The 'Bonus' Bait GOOD "BIZ" FOR THE BOSS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
The 'Bonus' Bait GOOD 'BIZ' FOR THE BOSS. The Melbourne corespondent of the Sydney 'Sun,' writing in last. Sun day's issue of that paper on Indust s trial Efficiency, tells us that in Eng Jand under what are known as the Rowan and Weir systems of 'scien- tific management,' 'though t h ? workman may increase his waires ti» cannot loan money under the sys tem,' under the Rowan 8ygtem the worker who finishes his job in less time than that stipulated by the boss, -is entitled to a bonus or pre- mium, varying in amount with the time saved.' A most attractive proposition for the worker, this. Only do a little ?uore than the boss thinks human ly possible, and then he rewards you with a bonus on your ability to scab on the unemployed. From the boss es1 point of view it is most satisfac tory to have a number of the latter watching for a job in case the slave employed does not come up to the re quired standard. 'If a worker,' says the 'Sun' 'does a 100-hour job in 75 hours he faaves 25 per ce...
Tramway Union 'Policy' [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
Tramway Union 'Policy' 'Fares, please,' sends along the fol lowing to 'Direct Action,' which might be read by tramway men to their advantage: — 'Fellow Worker,— The executive of Tramway Employees' Union have de clared their 'policy,' which, if return ed to office, 'will improve the indus trial conditions of the Bervir.fi' 1. 'We favour legal and constitu tional methods of redressing our griev ances as against the tactics of the l.W.W. socialists and red raggers, who favor strike, direct action, and sabot age. ' ' 2. ' ' We subscribe to the Labor 's Par ty 's policy of Arbitration, etc' Well, if our tramway fellow-workers accept the above as a policy, which is going to solve any-industrial proposition of the present day, either their mental ity has suffered a serious set back, or that spirit of serfdom and servility which we usually associate with, the early to middle ages must be re assert ing itself in their midat We know that according to the ethics of the master class, any and ev...
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
(On November 19th last, Joe Hill, an active I.W.W. propagandist in the United States, and composer of revolutionary songs, was executed in Salt Lake City on a trumped-up charge of having murdered a scab.) HILL: BAH! THE MURDER OP MY BODY AVAILS YOU NOTHING YOU CANNOT MURDER IDEAS!
"Atrocities". [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
'Atrocities'. By Massage. We read in the papers every day, 'German atrocities.' At every work shop, tram car, street corner, we hear people talking about German cruel ties. Apparently they either forget, Ijrnore, or are amazingly ignorant of tiie 'Sydney atrocities' that take Plane every day. A bootmaker com mits suicide, being out of employ ment eleven weeks, and unable to get .1 master. A young girl at Annandale follows suit, and left a note saying, 'The world was too hard for her to fight.' A young woman at Darling ton takes poison. Having two child ren, she found it impossible to sup port them. The bourgeoise class of Sydney are responsible for those three lives. If they are not huns of the worst kind, what are they? One man and a woman found floating iv tLK- harbor the following week. For the same reason, I suppose: No work, do home. Men have been sent to jail for wickedness with their own daughters. Hundreds, nay thousands, of girls sell their bodies for bread. Not a week slip...
"PUT UP THE SWORD." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
'PUT UP THE SWORD.' The Literature Secretary of Local No. 2, Sydney, has a stock of Miss Pankhurst's book, 'Put Up the Sword' on hand. Miss Pankhurst has been the object of much hostile criticism from the patriotic reviewers, who have been howling for her internment for her frank and lucid explanation of the causes of war, and her exposure of the inevitable evils that result from militarism. The book is a triumph of compilation, argument, and logic. Every working man and radical should read the book, which has been com- ' piled, and printed entirely in Austra lia. Every one of it's 232 pages are full of information, most of which is sedulously ignored or hushed up by the bought press. The first edition is nearly sold out, therefore an early application is necessary. The Sydney Local sold over 140 copies during the past week, on their terms of 'Take the book for a week, keep it clean, read it, and if , you're not satisfied bring back the book and we will re turn your money.' There ha...
The 'Herald's' Plea For Peace [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
The 'Herald's' Plea For Peace 'Many thousands of the flower of our manhood are giving their lives to preserve inviolate the freedom . and integrity of the wonderful Em pire to which we belong, and those , who for many reasons are unable '' themselves to go into the fighting .. line should surely be willing to make ' their financial resources available and provide the sinews of war, more especially in view of the fact that no sacrifice is entailed, l-ut a sound investment made.' The above is an extract from the prospectus issued by the Federal Gov ernment with regard to tho second issue of tho WaT Loan. The 'Sydney Morn- ' ing Herald' also informs us that 'if looked at simply as a gilt-edged in vestment, the issue is a highly attract ive one'; yet, strangely enough, a day or two later, in a pathetic plea for 'industrial peace' in its leading columns, the startling announcement was made that 'the so-called capital ist is being relentlessly mulcted at many points to carry on the war.' ...
I. W. W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
I. W. W. Preamble. The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of 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 machinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that. tliP nonfroinor nf +\ia mo-nnsv/vm.nn't nf i-nArmtvipSl HltO fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs 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 mislead the workers into the belief that the working-class have interests in common with their em ployers. These con...
The Enemies Within. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
The Enemies Within. ? ♦— ? At a time when the British Nary dominates, the trade routes, when the German mercantile flag nas been swept from every ocean, we hare seen food prices steadily mounting until the purchasing price of the sov ereign has fallen to fifteen shillings as compared with prices before the Wheat and flour have risen 46 per cent.; coal, 60 per cent; sugar, 43 per cent.; and meat 20 per cent. Hun ser has stepped in, aggravated by intense suffering from the cold, which all unnurtured bodies are in no condi tion to resist. The German army must also have tea, and English merchants have sup plied it without restriction from the Government of Britain. We have sent to Germany 20,000,000 lbs. of tea, with the result that the price of tea to the English worker has risen 3d per half pound. Can we marvel that our work-people are dissatisfied? Tea is a stimulant to German troops, supplied to them by patriotic British merchants, and the Govern ment takes no steps to intervene. Wh...
IF GOD RULES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
IF GOD RULES. 'We plough the fields and scatter The good seed on the land'; Then priests begin to chatter Of 'God's Almighty hand.' If 'God' would do the ploughing, And put the seed in too, We would not mind allowing Whatever praise is due. If good things around us Do not depend on work, Then trust the Lord, and thank the Lord, All men can 'shirk.' ;-God only is the maker,' Of all things near and far; He makes the wayside flower, He makes bronchial catarrh. 'The winds and waves obey him, By him the birds are fed'; And yet sometimes poor people Drop dead for want of bread. If good things, etc. No thanks to thee, 'O Father!' If things are bright and good; Tby storms, thy droughts, thy earth quakes, So oft destroy man's food. Priests call this 'orer-ruling,' And say that 'God knows best,' When rain spoils half a harvest, And lightning blasts the rest. If good things, etc. —By 'Esee,' in 'The Freethinker.'
"Excess Profits" ASQUITH SCORES A LABOR "VICTORY." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 December 1915
'Excess Profits' — — ? * ? ASQTJITH SCOEES A LABOR 'VICTOEY.' 'The excess profits of the rich have been taxed fifty per cent.,' is the ox cuse of Asquith and Co., when calling upon the workers to make further per sonal and monetary sacrifices for war. 'Excess profits' is delicious. The capi talists' profits at all times have been made by plundering the workers nf four-fifths of the product of their labor. Tin. term, excess profits, would there fore imply that the war has caused ihis robbery to increase; and the work ors are expected to applaud the state ment that 50 per cent, of this 'excess' is appropriated by the Government. The capitalist class shows its 'pat- riotism' in being content with their ordinary profits, together with fifty per f.ejit. of that which the sacrifice of human lives by the million brings into their treasuries. Truly a wonderful piece of states manlike 'reasoning,' to be cabled 12,000 miles in order to encourage the patriotism of the working class. The worker...