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NORTH LYELL, TASMANIA. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
NORTH LYELL, TASMANIA. The following letter received from an I.W.W. correspondent at North Lycll, Tasmania, is interesting in view of the trouble recently brewing there: — The fatal day has arrived and passed without the catastrophe that was to put Mt. Lycll mines on the bum. The revolu tionists (?) here are hard to beat. There were 90 per cent, strikers came into the meeting, and after a couple of 'intellec- tuals' snrnikpd for a. few minutes. VOU could almost see the rebellious sentiments vanish into thin air. We are back at work now, pending ne gotiations re the rates to be paid 'to con tractors. These scab on each other like hell. They (in cases) give backsheesh to the truckers, or' promise to, to induce them (the truckers) to go like blazes and get plenty of dirt out One case came under my notice last week, when some contractors had prom ised a backhand to a trucker, who did die work of two to get it, and didn't come through with the brass. The truck er then started to cut down...
Echoes from the West. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
Echoes from the West, BY EUREKA. Fremautle and Perth Locals are unit ing their forces on the Perth Esplanade, in one. big propaganda eorroboree, on Sun day afternoon. Result, large audiences, rapt attention, and -w absence of opposi tion to the methods of the I.W.W., or g.-uiisalion and tactics. That bespeaks a conviction in the minds of the hearers that our principles are not only correct but are, Q.E.D., beyond all hope of being logically controverted, and the hick of a large increase in member ship is owing to the strong1 influence of vested interests m the sectional unions. F.W. Reeves 's subject, for yesterday (Feb. 13th) was to have been 'Heredity and Environment,' but was postponed at tne request of the Trades Hall mag nates .and political nabobs to enable a great mass meeting1 to be held, .-??making appeal for financial assistance to. Broken Hill miners' families. Delegates Ken1 and Speck from Barrier's Strike Committee were present, and explained that the miners would not b...
SUBSCRIPTIONS. WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 7, 1916. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
SUBSCRIPTIONS. WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 7, 1916. Jos. Broughton, Is; P. Cannon, 2s; T. W. Dixon, 4s; H. Edwards, Is; Peter Finneran, 2s; W. Gaynor, Is; E. Hanson, Is; J. Kelly, 2s; J. McSherry, 4s; A. J. McDonald, 4s; Miss Gregory, Is; Jas. McFarlan, Is; J. McDonald, 2s; A. C. Needham, 2s; G. O'Connor, 2s; L. Pfahl. 2s; Frank Page, 4s; A. H. Parker, 4s; Alfred Smith, 4s; F. Thompson, 2s; T. Tyre, ! Is; John Waugh, 2s; W. A. Waldemar, 2s; V. White, Is; F. J. Ellis, Is; J. McMahon, Is; J. Duncan, 2s; Edw. Cox, Is; Geo. Johnston, Is; Reuben Batty, Is; Wm. Johnston, Is; R. Chry stal, 2s; E. Muller, 2s; C. Brown, 2s; J. At kin, 2s.
"Don't be Alarmed." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
'Don't be Alarmed.' I.W.W. slaves down Mildura way would appeal- to be making tilings un comfortable for the cocky exploiters and llieir good friends, A.W.U. organisers and officials. For some time past they have been holding weekly meetings on the streets, and the gospel of* direct action is appar ently making such headway amongst the slaves that A.W.U. officialdom has become seriously alarmed for the, existence of its sacred agreement with the cockies, which by the way, has abandoned the workers concei nyu tu uic ^iimc ullucics ol liu1, ])oss for the period of the Avar, and six months thereafter. ]f the. contract mongers were allowed to carry the agreement proposition to its logical conclusion, there is no reason why they should not bind down the workers to minister to the needs of their masters when the latter reach hell — their assured destination. As showing the commiseration which the A.W.U. exhibits for the boss's well hping- and his perturbed state of mind brought about by I...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
SUBSCRIPTION BLANK For ... 'DIRECT ACTION.' Enclosed please find P.O. for 4s., for which please send 'Direct Action' for one year to the following address:— Name ? ?- JB| Address ? ^ Fill it in N 0 W ! BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. Rooms, Palace Buildings, Sulphide Street. Wednesday Evening, at 7.30 p.m. — Edu- cational Class. Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m. — Business Meeting. Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m. — Economic Class. Sunday, at 7.30 p.m. — Outdoor Propa ganda M&etiggkjirieflr Post Office, in Argent-street. :?'?? Good Library. Also good collection of Literature for sale. All live rebels welcome. E. J. KIELY, Secretary, Local No. 3, LW.W.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
DIRECT ACTION WJy WEEKLY OFFICIAL ORGAN of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration) Office: 330 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, Australia. Editor: Thos. Glynn. Manager: J. B. King. 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-Street, -Ghicago, 111., U.S.A.
I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
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 i'ound among millions of work ing people, and the few who make up the 'emploving class have all the good things of life. i : : ;; : Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take posses sion of the earth and the machineiy of production, ana aooiisn me wage sys tem. We find that the centreing of the man agement of industries into fewer and f eAver 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, there by helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the. trade unions aid the employing' class to mislead the Avorkers into the belief that Hie working-class have interests in common with their em ployers....
The Logic of Efficiency [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
The Logic of Efficiency The 'Journal of Commerce' dated February 16, publishes a report of a lec ture delivered by one J. L. Law, of the manufacturing firm of'Pe.arson, Law and Co., Ltd., on the subject 'of Industrial Efficiency. The firm of Law, according to the lecture, would appear to be well up in the game of exploitation, and Aus tralian manufacturers would also .appear not to be very far behind their Yankee and British brethren in efficiency experi ments. I ,uiir «1 n r\ t*f\ nun n» ivit i\-n /I ?»*?» +l**-\ nl*i..4 and collar business, and the lecturer gave some striking examples of how the effici ency trick increases profits enormously, notwithstanding any rise in wages which the workers engaged in that industry have received for the past few years. In six years the wages of females have increased from 16/6 to 22/6 per week; and that of males, from £2/2/ to £3/5/ though the labor cost has been reduced by as much as 50 per cent. This can have no other meaning than that over 5...
THE JUDGE WHO WOULD BE ASHAMED TO BE A SOLDIER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
THE JUDGE WHO WOULD BE ASHAMED TO BE A SOLDIER. The appeal of J. Skurrie, of Melbourne, against his conviction under the War Precau tions Act for making statements prejudicial to recruiting was quashed in the Second Civil Court in Melbourne ^ some days ago, and Skurrie is - now undergoing a sentence of three months' imprisonment. It would appear from the report of the case which appeared in the Melbourne 'Socialist' of last week, that the principal utterance on which the conviction rested was the follow ing: — 'Crimes have been committed in our midst by ruffians who, when they go to the war, will h repeat tnem. B The Judge, in upholding the convic B tion, remarked that 'were he a soldier B and read the statements reported to have B been made by Skurrie about what Aus B tralian soldiers were likely' to do, he H would be ashamed to be a soldier.' Any boy H contemplating enlisting would he apt to say, H remarked the Judge, 'I would not be amongst B such a crowd.' B That a man should be...
Strike at Randwick. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
Strike at Randwick. At time of writing the employees of the Randwick Railway and Tramway Workshops are on strike. tW plant is practically tied ip, with the exception of. a few engineers who arn remaining at work pending instructions to strike, or, ^nayhap, instructions to scab, lrom their precious executive. The trouble began with the boys employed refusing to work until they were paid the wases laid clown in a recent award, uther trades and occupations employed refused to do tbe boys' work, with the result that the services of most of them were dispensed with, en which the majority walked out. The spirit of solidarity displayed and loyal ly to the boys would be admirable, were it not for the fact that Craft Unionism steps in with its damnable influence towards division of the workers; at present, at moment of writing, we are treated to the spectacle of nearly a dozen unions, with a dozen secre taries, and a dozen executives, meeting at a dozen different places to discuss a mailer a...
RUSSIAN I.W.W. PAPER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
RUSSIAN l.W.W. PAPER . The secretary of the proposed Russian l.W.W. paper has to acknowledge the follow ing amounts, per medium of Fellow-worker Fred Logovik, of Mosman (Q.) : — Fred Dunaeff 10s, B. Bull 10s, John Henry Zaremba 3s, F. W. Malotilin 5s, V. Gegaroff 5s, M. Finogentoff 5s, L W. Slinko 10s. S. Somnikoff 5s, E. S. Ashman 2s 6d, David Main waring 2s 6d, Syd. B. Cheetham 2s 6d, V. Eg broff 5s, E. Covolshinek 2s 6d, F. Logevik 5s. Total, £3 13s. J. FAGAN, Secretary.
Xmas in the Trenches. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
Xmas in the Trenches. How little those who do the fighting in war are interested in its cause, or have anything to do with promoting it, is illustrated by the fraternity of the soldiers in the opposing trenches on Christmas Day and on other oc casions when the opportunity occurs. The following extract from a private in the Canadian Scottish Regiment, to his relations in Melbourne, which appeared in the Sydney 'Sun' makes one think hard on the 'why' of war: — 'We were given strict orders that we were not to fraternise with the enemy on Christmas Day, although many Germans had shown a de sire to do so with us. 'Just at midnight on Christmas Eve a Ger man yelled across to our front lines, 'A merry Christmas, Jock.' Our sentries, remembering instructions, did not reply, and the remaind er of the night passed in quietness. Just as dawn was breaking, one of our look-out men discerned a hat being waved backward and forward behind the enemy's lines, and just above the parapet of this trench...
The Light That Failed. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 4 March 1916
The Light That Failed. ,(By 'Ajax.') The 'Northern Light,' the official organ of the Methodist Mission in Newcastle, is to hand. As this journal is litle known to the workers, perhaps a few tit-bits from this wow seristic sheet will not be out of place. It is net quite clear whither this pious sheet is leading its readers. The principal leader in its February issue is headed, ''Whither, that is the Question?' The writer indulges in vague generalities for three columns which only confuse the reader (perhaps thai is the writer's intention), and eventually winds up by stating, 'There is strong evidence for the statement that the answer to the question at the head of this article — 'Whither'? — is Christ ward.' How the mischief a Methody mounte bank arrives at this astounding conclusion passes human comprehension. Only God knows, and presumably he won't split on a pal, least of all, a Methodist missionary. In the middle of the article one observes the following gem, which, presumably, i...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 March 1916
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. ? Rooms, Palace Buildings, Sulphide- ? Street. ? Wednesday Evening, ^.t 7.30 p.m.— Edu- ? cational Class. I Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m.— Business ? Meeting. ? Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m. — Economic ? Class. I Sunday, at 7.30 p.m.— Outdoor Propa- ? ganda Meeting, near Post Office, in ? Argent-street. B Good Library. Also good collection ? of Literature for sale. AH live rebels Avelcome. E. J. KIELY, Secretary, Local No. 3, l.W.W. SUBSCRIPTION BLANK For ... 'DIRECT ACTION.' Enclosed please find P.O. for 4s., for which please send 'Direct Action' for one year to the following address:— Name ? Address ? Fill it in NOW* I FREMANTLE ACTIVITIES. I Hall, 35 Phillaniore Street. ? Wednesday, 8 p.m., at HaU: Lecture ? night. ? Friday, 8 p,m., at HaU: Economic Glass. ? Saturday, 8 p.m., at Hall: Business Meet- ? ing. ? Sunday Afternoon, 3 p.m., Esplanade, ? Perth: Propaganda. ? Local 5 has now a library of up-to-date fl revolutionary economic working class ? literature...
What's the Matter with Milne? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 March 1916
What's the Matter with Milne? Very evidently Railway Commissioner Milne has blossomed out into a full-blown philanthropist. Speaking at Newcastle last week at a 'Safety First' meeting he got the following off his chest, coughed out, we pre sume, between sobs, over the awful predica ment of 'Australian wives and mothers' through that 'hydra-headed monster,' the l.W.W. (The report is taken from the 'Daily Telegraph') : — 'Speaking at the 'Safety First' meeting at Newcastle on Saturday, Mr. Milne, Assistant Railway Commissioner, said the 'Safety First' movement had everything to commend it for the 'favorable consideration of both men and women, employer and employee- It caused men to think, and think on right lines. A week ago at* Goulburn he had referred to cer tain evil influences at work, and quoted a placard which had been surreptitiously posted. Was it more than a coincidence that the place of exhibition coincided with the recent up heaval. He would quote another of these em anati...
The Justice of Sabotage [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 March 1916
The Justice of Sabotage BY 'EUREKA.' One of the objections most frequently urged against the l.W.W. Organisation by critics at .propaganda meetings, and among the mem bership of sectional unionism, is the sabotagt tactics advocated by the adherents of the. One Big; Union. Many definitions have been given of this method of attaining- success in Indus trial conflicts with the slave-owning class — whose exploitation of both the producer and (?nnsiimcr of all commodities is in itself a wholesale system of Sabotage on society. In the literature list in 'Direct Action'1 there arc several really good expository pam phlets on Sabotage,, and yet there appears room Yor something- more to be. said on the. ^subect,— ?more especially from an old age worker who has suffered much under the disabilities im posed upon the workers by capitalism. The more complex and advanced production becomes the greater is the volume of master class sabotage against the workers.' Medical science has demonstrated th...
NOTICE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 March 1916
NOTICE. Subscribers and members can now ob tain a complete file of the 2nd volume of 'Direct Action.' The volume contains from number 21 to 55, inclusive, and dntes from February 1st, 1915, to the same date in 19H5. The complete file will be forwarded to any part, of Australia upon receipt of money order for 3s, which includes postage. Prom an histovial standpoint, as well as from an educational standpoint, the volume is essential. All the information re the Newcastle free, speech fight, the poster and stickers case, the hundred and one strikes of the year, are contained within the volume. It also includes 'Cresset's' satires, Nicholl's cartoons. West's Ballad of Maitland Gaol,' 'General Strike,' 'Ar- bitration Court,' and 'The Interrupted Snooze,' as well as dozens of first-class articles and criticisms upon matters in dustrial and political. An early application is necessary, as the supply of files are limited. There are no files of the first volume left..
Echoes from the West [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 March 1916
Echoes from the West By M.M. Sunday, February 20th, was a busy d;iy (or the I. \V. W- joint forces of Free-mantle and Perth locals-, on the Perth Esplanade, and af forded a splendid opportunity to expose1 the Union scabbery in relation to the Broken Hill miners' strike. F. W. Reeves was to have spoken on a spec ial subject, but the results of the previous Sunday meeting held in aid of the distressed families of the Broken Hill miners, the defence of the scabby action o'f the engine drivers, and the lame apologetic defence of the crime against working class solidarity set up lay a sectional Unionist secretary — one Gibson — of the local branch of the Perth E.D.A.. raised the whole question of Unions scabbing on Urions. Our Organiser spoke, for an hour or more on the theme, 'Union Scabs and Others.' Dele fate Speck, representative of the men on strike, was present, and by outlining the whole genesis of the strike, gave evidence in support of F.W. Reeves's contention that tin*, miners ...
More about 'Slowing Down.' [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 11 March 1916
More about 'Slowing Down/ : Thus Sydney 'Sun' in a. leading- article on the Slow-Down Question :— 'Say thai a dozen men by the strenuous work within the limit of a man's powers cm produce a certain volume of commodities, adopting- the insiduous 'form of sabotage which consists in slow working, the laborers fnrro, the erjiiilovinent of IS' men instead of ; 12. The wages of the extra six increase the cost of production; it is added (with the nor ''? mal prontol' that trade, whatever it may- be) to the price of the goods; and so the. con sumers, who arc mostly of the working class, lose what they endeavored to gain. They do not, as some of their agitators dream, upset or destroy the existing' industrial system; they only charge, themselves through the nose for the folly they admitted through their ears.' This kind. of specious reasoning ignores the fact that the workers' wages, irrespective of prices, are determined by the cost of subsist ence. That being- so. the employment of 18 men ...