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The Coloured Workers. To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
The Coloured Workers. ? + — _ To the Editor. It was with pleasure that I read in 'Direct Action' of the intention to or ganise the coloured workers in Austra lia on I.W.W. lines. In organising for the future emancipation of the slaves under cai-italism, and particularly those in Australia, a fact of prime import ance to be remembered, is the existence of 30,000,000 coloured occupants of the islands lying between Northern Aus tralia and Asia. These iuhabitauts constitute a tre mendous force which may he turned for or against the white workers in the hour of revolt. Turned loose by un scrupulous capitalist machinations on the workers of Australia, these millions would shatter our hopes, and produce results too horrible to imagine, while acting in conjunction with the whito workers, they would undoubtedly as sure victory. Fortunately1 there is still time to en list them on the side of tlvis politiciau cursed country. As pointed out in 'Direct Action' the actions of the A.W.U. are calcu...
MAY DAY ISSUE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
MAY DAY ISSUE. The preparations for the May Day issue are now well in hand. It will con sist of eight pages, and the corer will be of a striking nature. This issue will contain a remarkable article by Ajax, entitled 'The Human Drift,' where the historic, economic, and social position of the modern day worker are explained by charts. Many of our contributors are making a special ef fort for this issue, which, properly dis tributed and sold by the membership, should give 'Direct Action' the circu lation that is worthy of the only organ south of the line that advocates the One Big Union idea, with Sabotage, and Direct Economic Action. 'We must hear from the member* now if it is to be the success that it deserves to be. The Press Committee is waiting for orders.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
The rendezvous for the Rebel Clan on May Day is the Concordia Hall, Syd ney. Tickets, 1/ . * * * The l.w.W. extends the glad hand on May Day, to aU those who seek the abolition of capitalism. LOOK OUT FOR THE MAY-DAY NUMBER. SUBSCRIPTIONS. To Direct Action is 2s.- per year, within Australia j New Zealand 3s. ; and foreign, 4s. Bundles, 9d. per dozen posted. 'D.A. BISCUITS.' For stating at Galong, N.S.W., that the cost of living had not gone up; that wages were increased 12/- per week; that the navvy was the best dressed' 'nan in the country ; that you could get the pick of the hats in any town cloth es for 9d., Organiser Marris for the RW. and G.L.A. takes the biscuit. ,
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
The rendezvous for the Rebel Clan on May Day Is tht Cenoordia Hall, Syd ney. Tickets, 1/ . MAY DAY NUMBER. In order te celebrate May Day In a befitting manner, we have deter* mined to bring out a larger ''Direct Acton' on that oecasfon. The number will contain several interesting articles by our best contributors, and will, generaliy be well worth keeping as a memento of the phenomenal rise of the l.W.W. in Australia.
It Won't Work. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
It Won't Work. . ? ?*— ? (By Massage.) How often we hear that old gag mentioned, 'It won't work! It's im possible!'' when l.W.Wism or Socialism is spoken of; when we talk of the abolition of capitalism and the work ers to own and control industry for use, and not for profit. 'Oh, it won't work! What are you going to.-do with Mug never (thinks of the loafers he has to contend with to-day. Now, it has never struck Mr. Simple that impossible things, take place every day, and they work alright. Fancy sending wireless messages! Sounds impossible]! But it works al right. J ust tli ink of it ! Talking machines ! O;i o would think it impossible to re tain the human voice. But it works alright. . Think of the marvellous autotele phone! Very curious! You just ring up and receive your number immedi jiivjy without the aid of any exchange. lTTaf-s impossible! Yes, it seenis like it! But it works alright! hi England, twelve millions are al v/rys on the verge of starvation year in and year out. Bu...
List of Locals in Australia. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
list of Locals in Australia. Adelaide Local No. 1 : Secretary, Treasurer, S. G. Drummond, 43 Charles-street, Unley, Adelaide. S.A. Sydney Local No. 2: Secretary Treasurer, J. Attreed, 330 Cas tlereagh-street, Sydney, N.S.W. Broken Hill Local No. 3 : Secretary. Treasurer, E. J. Kiely, Palace Buildings , Sulphide-street, Bro ken Hill, N.S.W. Port Pirie Local No. 4 : Secretary Treasurer, G. Kiepert, Florence street, Port Pirie, S.A. Fremantle Local, No. 5, Secretary- ] Treasurer, N. Jeffrey, 47 Belliuc j Terrace, Fremantle, W.A. 5 Boulder City Local No. 6: Secrc- j tary-Treasurer, M. Sawtell, 17 j Wittenoom-street, Boulder City j W.A. I Brisbane Local No. 7 : Secretary, j Treasurer, C H. Anlezark, 'Mi- I mi,' Cribb-street, Milton, Bris- I bane, Q. I Melbourne Local No. 8: Secretary- I Treasurer, N. Rancie, 13 Ward' I street, South Melbourne, V. I N.Z. LOCALS. I Auckland Local No. 1 : G. Phillips, I Secy. Treasurer, Kings Cham- I bers, Queen St., Auckland. I Christchurch Local No. 2: E....
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
As a result of the Free Speech fights in Newcastle and Sydney, the or ganisation has developed about twelve new speakers, which is very encourag ing, as it will take, the weight off seve ral of the old speakers. Persecution is a fine thing— for the l.W.W. ? o-* — Mr. Carbuncle, the Minister of Edu cation has laid his bundle down. May the people of N.S.W. be truly thankful for this great deliverance. It is rum oured that he is going to the front, with his Saturday night soldiers. If he gets killed, a type-written slip will be found upon him saying : 'Mr. Car buncle's last words are : 'There is much nourishment in boiled wish bones.' '
LIVING AND WAGES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
LIVINC AND WAGES. The 'Labour Bulletin'' for the last quarter of 1914 has been issued by the Commonwealth Statistician . During the period, November, 1913, to 'November, 1914, the average cost of food .and groceries throughout the Commonwealth increased over 7 per cent., while house rents declined nearly 2i per cent., the accreeate result beinz that cost of living increased over 3 per cent. The increase in current rates of wages in 1914 compare with the prev ious year 1913 for all occupations com bined amounts to 0.9 per cent. The in crease in cost of living, however, amounted to over 3 per cent., conse quently the effective wage index num ber for 1914 shows a decrease of 2$ per cent. If allowance is made for unem ployment, the effective wage index number for 1914 is 8 per cent, less than that for 1913.— 'Sydney Morning' Her- ald.'
N.Z. SEAMAN'S UNION. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
N.Z. SEAMAN'S UNION, During- the recent strike on the 'Maori,' when the firemen took 'di- rect action,' over an obsteporous en-1 ffineer, one of the firemen wrote to ; the delegate of the. 'Pateena,' which || had taken up the 'Maori's' run, ask-ji iiirr fli»- Tn*»n tn ct^nA liv tVl^ir f^llflW-i! workers. I The secretary, Tom Young, statedft that, although the sympathies of thel men might be with the firemen on the! 'Maori,' they would not be. allowed! to express the same without consult I ing him; also that the men resorting! to D'.r-ot Action in future would bij dealt with by the union. The fireman! in question was fined £5 by the union1 executive, in default, expelled from the union. Mr. T. Young is so fond of the sh'p-ownrrs that he attempted to get a crew for the 'Maori,' but. notwith r.-f.ndinRr his efforts, the engineer was removed. The workers have to resort ti the srike on many occasions to compel the shipping companies to up hold tho agreement, and in doing so they have not...
America. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
America. j The Italian Socialist Federation, con sisting of twenty-live propaganda (' Leagues, have joined the J.W.W. The ^ expulsion of the Finnish Locals and the withdrawal of the Italians jjo to .'- prove the serious split between t.ho 'Direct Actiouisis'' and the Slowcial ists. : — — o ? 'Solidarity,' the American, organ of the l.W.W., camo in for a legacy of '.'? £500 the other day. 'Direct Action' j'ij awaits an introduction to the legatee. (i Congratulations. *'' 'Mother liarth.' the Anarchist j$ monthly, has started on it* ninth year || of publication, and continues to gather ?1 I ? O ? pi Ford and Suhr are still in Folsom ft Gaol. California, for the Wheatland A Hopfields shooting affray. The I.W.W. 4 has- bankrupted Hurst, one of the '] ranchers. During iho year's campaign is for Ford and Suhr's release, the - bop and fruit growers hare lost over i; .£200,000. Another season like this ought to release our two innocent fel- ? ? low-workers. Hopfiold Sticker: 'Don't !. slick...
PENALTY FOR PATRIOTISM. Soldier's Wife Turned out of Her Home. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
PENALTY FOR PATRIOTISM. Soldier's Wife Turned out of Her Home. 'My husband has joined the Army, ;ind have a family of seven young children. I cannot get another house.' That statement was made to the East Kent Justices at Ashford, when a farmer, Mr. Langdon, of East Stour Farm, Codmersham, applied for an ejectment order against his waggon er, named Vickers, who, he said, had left him and had enlisted in the Army. He wanted the dwelling occupied by wifr ar.d family for the succeeding ?AafiRonrr. The woman, sobbing, told the Bench it was hard to be turned out of her home because her husband had joined the Army.— The Justices said they must issue a notice to quit in 21 days. The farmer consented to move the furniture gratuitously. — 'News of the World.'
Brisbane. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Brisbane. 'Mimi,' Cribb-street, Milton, Brisbane, 28th March, 1915. We are still jogging along the route towards the One Big Union goal. One by one, class conscious -workers me coming in, ami each recruit means that the propaganda is carried farther aliekl. We are getting the literature off in fines, style, and when the Blares are interested so far as to read and study the position for themselves — well, they are on the mark, and get ting sot for the plunge into the fight ing ranks of the O.B.U. Sonic of us went up to see Thompson, the other day, and it was a treat to have a chat with him. We must use all our efforts tor get him out of such an abominable- place as Godna. On the railway jobs here, they are circularising all hands to know if have, or will, contribute to the Patriotic Fund and asking them in future to pay 3d. per ivwk to same, and inquire 'If not —why not?' At ouy time there was for agitators the reward of the cross; then they were thrown to. the wild beasts; the stake...
The Amazing Adventures of Mr Simple. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
The Amazing Adventures of Mr Simple. (1) Mr. Simple having no money can't see the Show. (2) But he walks around the fence until he finds a convenient spot. (3) And being a man of action, he hops over-while the 'spotter' is irri gating his tonsils. (4) A faint ray of intelligence has made its appearance in Mr. Simple's head, for being hungry, he wanders up to an unattended counter, and helps himself. Being the last day of the show he thinks that it would be foolish to allow them to be thrown away. (5) A policeman, unfortunately, catches Mr. Simple in the act, and uses 'Direct Action' in a stunning manner. (6) Mr. Simple is then taken to the police station on the show ground, where a kindly magistrate weighs him out the usual month for daring to satis fy the cravings of hTs proletarian car case. He will, therefore, miss the l.W.W. celebration on May Day at the Concordia Hall, where a qujdful of fun can be got for a shilling.
SYDNEY ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
SYDNEY ACTIVITIES. The activities of the Sydney Local ovor the Easter holidays have been at tended with marked success. Although the Sunday meeting in the Domain had been abandoned en account of the rain, the- packed meetings in the Hall on the Sunday and Monday nights more than atoned for it. * * * On Easter Sunday, F. W. Jackson spoke on 'Socialism and the I. WAV.' to an appreciative audience, while on -Monday F. W. Grant spoke on 'The failure of craft unionism.' As a, result of tlie meetings several new members joined, and others expressed their wil lingness to join when conditions permit. During the past week the P.L.L. hare had their conference. Delegates from all parts of the country came armed with all kinds of ideas, and vote.s of censure on the Holman Gov ernment. Hohnan asked them to show Low ho could do better. All the budd mg statesmen were silent, when asked 'or practical suggestions. And the vote u» censure was lost. * ? # Premier Holman stated that the pol icy of the ...
Combinations. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Combinations. 'Solidarity'' is tho official organ of the T.W.W. in North America. It is full of strike news, tactics, and inter esting avtcles on Industrial Unionism. No industrialist can afford to be with out it. It ought to have a circulation of at least 2000 in Australia. It will ba posted from this office for 6s. 6d. per year. In conjunction with 'Direct Action'' the t'.vo will cost Ss. per year pasted. 'Golos Truda' is a Russian indus t.riali&t weekly published in New York. It contains favourable articles on the l.W.W. Every llussian worker should read it. The yearly subscription is 6/6 ~ In conjunction with 'Direct Action,' tlie two papers will be sent for one year for 8/ to any address in Australia. '11 Proletario'' is the l.W.W. Ital ian weekly published in the U.S.A. It will cost 6/6 per year posted, or 8/ in conjunction with 'Direct Action.' Address, Lit. Secretary, 330 Castle 10:13!] Street. Sydney, N.S'.W.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
lirect Action OFFICIAL ORGAN or the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. t (Australian Administration). Office:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. - EDITOR: TOM BARKER. MANAGER: E. A. GIFFNEY. Matter for publication only should be addressed to the Editor. Other matter to the Manager. subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, 111., U.S. A .