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A VISIT FROM THE WAR OFFICE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
A VISIT FROM THE WAR OFFICE. Several blokes labelled 'W.D.:- and protected by detectives, made a hurried visit to our establishment on 'Wednes- day last. They were on the track of a . stray anti-militarist dodger that we hadn't printed. After nosing round the place, a la boy scouts, they apologised for mistaking the address, and said 'Good morning.' Nothing has been missed so far. SenthiHMit may fer a time gloss over the antagonisms of masters and men, but sooner or later, the class struggle must emphasise itself in strike and con tention, and the erstwhile ballot box partners, become irrevocably economic enemies. * * * Ftwdom of speech is like education, an economic factor. The stifling of pub lic expression, results in secret con spiracies, which are much more difficult to control than ordinary public meat ings.
MELBOURNE NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
MELBOURNE NOTES. Local No. 8 is rapidly spreading its influence amongst the slaves of Mel bourne. We hold a propaganda meet ing at South Melbourne every Friday night. W . P. La idler, R. Fan-ell, G. Hill and others continue to deliver the gospel of the I.W.W., and great en thusiasm prevails amongst the large audiences. We have set the bulls thinking by the :-.nnarcntlv tiuiet attitude we have adopted in connection with tin? preven tion of Sunday paper selling — ere long we will set them acting. Thousands of slaves art; roaming about in a rat-like fashion looking for work. The poor fools don't realise that they have done too much work in the past — hence their degradation. This Local is searching hard for a meeting hall wherein we tan set about our work in orthodox style. Our temporary placo of gathering is not at all congenial to iho purpose of our organisation. A very pleasing feature of this growing Local is the young blood which we are re cruiting. Most of them have been live mem...
BRISBANE NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
BRISBANE NOTES. The old Local is 'still battling along handing out the dope for all its worth. It is taking hold, too, and the slaves are at last opening their -eyes, and though they will blink a lot at first, they'll get used to keeping them open. The paper goes like Avildfire, literature :s going well, too. F. W. Blight gave us a good lecture on 'Direct Action and Sabotage' as ad vocated by the I.W.W,, and though there was a good deal of discussion and questioning by the Socialists in tho aud ience, he ably upheld his contentions. :Twas very fine for a first attempt. Glad to hear of the Newcastle vic tory. It looks as if the Slavery Party wore having an organised attempt made to down Free Speech and the I.W.W. We wish them luck with it. J. J. BURKE.
ADDRESS IN BURT STREET. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
I ADDRESS IN BURT STREET. ? La.a night 3I.r. J. B. King, of tho ? Industrial World's Workers, spoke in ? Burt-s-iropt. Boulder, on the aims and lobji'i. i?- ol the constitution, and vigor-' H ously donouneed craft unionism. He ? was accorded an attentive hearing. Con ? sequent upon being questioned by an ? officer of the law whether he had a per ? mit to speak in a public thoroughfare., ? ami answering in the negative, he ? strongly commented upon the right of ? tree speech. 'I have no permit,' lie ? remarked, 'and do not intend to get lone -Tlii' right of free speech in the ? interest of the working class is mine; land no person will prevent us esereis ling that right.' He assailed the Lab ? nr Council for acting in what he alleged ? to bo against- the interests of the work ? pi'p. His name had been taken by a ? police officer, but he did not mind, and ? any subsequent prosecution would re ? venl must conclusively the attitude of ? labor f-o-oporat-ioii on the right of free ? and i...
BOULDER NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
^^ BOULDER NOTES. ? The Boulder Local lias now a head ? r|ii:inis and office in Lane Street, along ? -.!.?].. tin- -motor car stand. I The polieo took King's name for ? sppakintr in Bnrt Street, Boulder, with ? (-i!t « permit, but nothing came of it. ? Sonic of the railway employees of Kal ? gofirii.' h;no had their hours cut down I in M :? iwok. and their pay reduced by B the Labor Government. The slaves I have not kicked so far. They ought to ? try Sfl')o1a:ze, change the labels on the B trucks. The railways are a grand field H for iinelligont Sabotage. ? M. SAWTELL.
TO LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
? , TO LOCALS. ? Locals and members are urged to ?Push, the paper and literature. We are |ooingr our bit this end. Push the dope, ?SCT-d in the dough, and we'll settle up ? .at we owe on the plant. We have |W'.ds worth of literature on hand ?cLf°Od~'XVC want it: converted int0 ?in 5 And n dePends on y°u ? Are y°v ? Press Committee.
AMERICA. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
I AMERICA. ? Sonic little while ago. the highlyre ? sprctablc U.S. Socialist Pany Execu tive rxpdled Finnish members to the ? extent of oOOO for being in favor of ? 'Direct Action' and Sabotage. The ?Spelled members have joined up the ?I-W.W. en masse. The Slowcialists ? must uphold Article two. Section six, ? °i- they'd lose all their middle-class ?membership.
The I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
The 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 mil- ? lions of working people, and the few who make up the employing class ? have all the good things of life. fi Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers oi fl the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the ma- ? cbinery of production, and abolish the wage system. fl We 6nd that the centreing of the management of industries into ? fewev 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 s-3fc of workers to lie pitted again-1 ? another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat ? one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ* ? ing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class ? have interests in common wi...
The Commune and the "Comrades" [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
The Commune and the 'Comrades' Various organisations ;-.roui~id Mel bourne received an invitation f'ro?ij the Socialist Piirty, .0 celebrate (a:, u--...:i') ih;u great fc autfh-ci- wliich ;.-. recorded in working-class history. The ajT.ui, leads good. But what a char acter of a celebration ! Eating, drink ing-, siiiying and back-scratching were the prominent fea-'ures of the gather ing. Now, really, this docs reflect badly upon tiie past work of those who are supposed to be propagandists. of work ing-class solidarity.' When we gaze brick upon ibe long period during which the Socialist Party and the Trades Jlall have been in existence, .ijk! then to come back to present-day biippenings, well what can we say to their accomplishments r A dinner and a song to celebrate Lite slaughter of some 30.000 of out class, who stood and fought for their convictions ! I should say that these; great social saviours have gone back on the sfciilt and courage demonstrat ed by those whom they celebrated...
FREMANTLE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
I FREMANTLE. I \Vt- .:'-' still plodding- along- here. B ']'],ing. s Ii.iv.- been very slow, but of B],,!,; a r. vival has come around. We I ;irc stoning tJic outdoor meetings I a .(fain. .1'*' literature sales are begin ? n nq' '' iiiinrnvc as a result of same. I A!ihoi;fi';i «r have to contend with the ? wowsers and the political Socialists ? for tii1.1 crowd on the Esplanade, we I h.-ivc- ^v:.t hopes of getting many ? nc.i-.'c ;, e:r.b:%i's from our meetings. I W^li'i'S1 al] the boys all success in ? XoAYii'-tle arid Sydney, I am ? N. JEFFERY.
Organisation News. SYDNEY NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
[?] SYDNEY NOTES. fhinft-s have been booming in Syd ,,-v ???? '.:irc, thanks to the attention I ,;... ?-.:? authorities devoted to the [ I W W. F. W. Stanley and Nord have I k'fi !.'?''«? y^y* af:ei' serving fourteen d;iys u»i' singing' 'Mr. Block' in Park | c-rCCI. I riv meetings of late have been both I riurw0'1- and veil attended. The slow l-doft-ii philosophy propagated by the I j \V. \Y. is having- a bad effect on I zi'ivifi'.'.uls of late, and a resultant in H cir.'f^ '' tnc nurnDcrs °- tnc workers H requiied. H Tlv.1 police have been taking th:ngs ? ca,y -.ince Mr. Black got a nice job Hj ,;., i';,., Cbinrt. The I.W.W. is allowed H o:r:- ,:';;i'i' ;'v' Altitude enjoyed by the Bv,v,v-...-. Mr. Black don't believe in H i.io mucii overtime for the bulwark* ? loi \.xs -:,d order. H yh ? iliir, Labor Party has had io ^B -''iir.b '?''?' from its pedestal of . 'in- ^m f-!liM!iy. and allow freedom or' public B ,:;pro^' 'ii- ?
list of Locals in Australia. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
list of Locals in Australia. Adelaide Local No. 1: Secretary 1 Treasurer, S. G. Drummond. j*| Charles-street, Unley, Adelaide ? S.A. . B Sydney Local No. 2: Se«eiary ? Treasurer, J. Attreed, 330 Cas- 1 tlereagh-street, Sydney, N.$.\V fl Broken Hill Local No. 3 : Secretan I Treasurer, E. J. Kiely, Pa]a£ ? Buildings, Sulphide-street 1W ? ken Hill, N.S.W. *'? Port Pine Local No. 4: Secretary. *? Treasurer, G. Kiepert, Florence I street, Port Pine, S.A. ? Fi-ernantle Local No. y. Sccretaiv- I Treasurer, N. GiiTery, j\far,. fl street, Fremanlle, V/'.A. ' fl Boulder City Local No. 6: Secrc- ? tary-Treasurer, M. SawteJl, ;- fl Wittenoom-street, Boulder Citv -B W.A. ?' ? Brisbane Local No. 7 : Secretary, fl Treasurer, C. H. Anlezark, 'Mi- ? mi,' Cribb-street, Milton, Bri^ H bane, Q. ' ? Melbourne Local No. 8 : Secretary. ^| Treasurer, N. Rancie, 13 Wari ^| street, South Melbourne, V. ^M X.Z. LOCALS. ? AucMniid Local No. 1 : C. Diillij.;. I Secy. Tveasuroi-, KinTs Cham- fl hers, Queen St., A...
IN THE COURT. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
IN THE COURT. I Coroner: You knen- the deceased.-' ? Witness: 'Yes.' ,„ ? Coroner: 'You saw him List nigm-' ? Witness: 'Yes, listening to a lecW* H by a labour politician.' H Coroner: 'And he was swallowing w H stuff?' ,-«.? Witness: 'Yes, and trying to dig* ? it.' ,,., m Coroner: 'Stomach poison, verai ? of manslaughter against the labor p H tician.' H Printed and Published on hehalf of* ? Industrial Workers of the ^ ? by John Hamilton, O^T»f ? Press Committee, 330 Castled H street. Sydney, N.S.W. ?
Literature in Stock. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
Literature in Stock. Capital : Karl Marx, 3 volumes, per ? vol. 8s. 1 Value Price and Profit: Marx, bound ? 2s, paper 6d. M The Evolution of Property: Lafar- ? gue, bound 2s. ? Ettor's and Giovannitti's Speeches I From the Dock: Price, 1/-. ? The New Unionism : Tridon, papci I is 8d. I Sabotage : Pouget, bound 2s, papsi ? is. . I Mr. filock Cartoons: Rilbe, papt. ? Sd. I One Big Union: Trautmann, paper ? 6d. I Communist Manifesto: Price, 6d- ? Right to be Lazy : Laf argue, bound ? 2s, paper 6d. ? Sabotage: W. C. Smith, paper 3d. ? New Australian Song Book: second ? edition ; 32 songs. Price, 3d. ? I.W.W. : History, Structure and ? Methods; St. John, paper 3d. ? Revolution and the I. WAV.: Pease ? paper 3d. ? War! What For? Cartoon: Price, ? 3d. , ? Summary of Marx's 'Capital' :? 2d. ? Revolutionary Unionism*. E. J. B. ? Allen, 2d. :-;- ? Industrial Unionism : Hanlon, si m Economic Discontent : paper 26. ? How to Overcome the High CostoiB Living: Dougherty, paper. id. ? Wage-Labour a...
The A. W. U. in Northern Territory. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 April 1915
The A. W. U. in the Northern Territory . The I.W.W. is a class organisation of the working class. It is organised upon the basis of the class struggle. There fore it welcomes all members of the working class, irrespective of their vary ing creeds, colours, religious beliefs, languages, etc. The A.W.U. is an organisation based upon the identity of interest between the slave and his master, a denial of the class struggle. The A.W.U. stands for the white man alone, and treats all coloured workers with unconcealed con tempt. The man of colour, although working for the same skinner and ex ploiter as the white, is denied the right of organisation, in order to make the demands of his class more effective. Now in the Northern Territory, tho white workers are organised in the 'White Australia' A.W.U. They are from 600 to 700 strong, or rather— weak. The coloured population numbers about probably 2,500, and consists of largely of Chinese, Japs, Malays and Manilamen. The A.W.U. has consist ent...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Don't forget the concert and social on May Day in the Concordia Hall, Sydney. Tickets, 1/ . * * * The rendezvous for the Rebel CEan on May Day is the Concordia Ha..', Sy:! ney. Tickets, 1/ . # , * * The I.W.W. extends the glad hand en May Day, to aJI these who seek the abolition of capialism.
How to Break the Banks. A Plea for Direct Action. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
How to Break the Banks. A Plea for Direct Action. According to statistics, unemploy ment is always with us, more or less. Say, for the sake of demonstration, the average amount of unemployed is 10 par cent., that implies that 90 per cent of the workers are in more or less re munerative employment. In that case :i'. ivnilU rwilv l\ji nnonccoi'r in vai\iir*tl the output a little in order to absorb the surplus labor. ? This reduction of: output results in an increase in the price of production, which makes the boss squeal, and seek for a way to counteract the worker's move. The bosses would meet this move by the introduction of labor-saving ma chinery, which would have to be pur chased by one of the following methods, reserve funds, increase oi? capital, or overdraft. Any of these may easily prove futile, if the workers have re duced their output to any appreciable extent. The Wanking system exists solely on the fact that more money or credit ex changes go in, than are taken out, so th...
Unemployment. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Unemployment. In every worker's life as a slave to a. boss, there is a period when he sud denly finds himself without a job. Un employment is a recurring incident in the life of the working class. Like a hideous spectre, it inflicts itself upon the worker, when he leasts expects it. Obviously the fear of it acts as a dy namic force in impelling the workers to 'put a. little bit away for a rainy day,'' but notwithstanding all their thrift, tho vast majority are left high . and dry upon the rocks of impecunios ity. At the present time, the Australian workers, in common with their fellows of other countries, are feeling keenly the strain of unemployment, want and destitution. To say, however, thai the lessons of 'unemployment have resulted in clearing the muddled head of the average wage worker, would not be true, because so disconcerting has it been, that there is a likelihood of its victims seeking redress in asserting their 'right to work.' Of all the degrading things of mod ern lif...