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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 27, 1912, Image 3

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TRY TO BREAK DOCKMEN
STRIKE NO VIOLENCE.
London, May 27. The first at
tempt to break the strike of 'the
tiockmen was made at the Vic
toria and Albert .docks today.
Mounted police were stationed
at the dock entrance. Reserve
police were massed inside. Strike
breakers were put to work un
loading the perishable freight
that has accumulated in the last
four days.
There was no trouble. The
picket lines of the strikers were
out beyond the police.
As each strikebreaking wagon
driver reached the picket lines, he
was stopped, and asked not to
take the bread of the strikers'
mouths. If the strikebreaker re
cused to quit work, he was allow
ed to pass on.
London saw the greatest labor
parade in its history yesterday.
It was Whitsunday, and the
streets were crowded with peo
ple. The 120,000 men of the Trans
port Workers and Carters' unions
marched 'silently through the
streets in a long, winding proces
sion. They carried banners,
which told of their treatment at
the hands of the employers,$and
of.tfyeir demands for fair play.
But they did not shout or sing.
The people on the streets would
laugh as the first ranks of the
strikers passed them, But as file
after file, rank after rank of the
silent, determined-looking men
wound on in that long procession
of protest, the laughter -died and
the people looked at each other
wonderingly. - - i t
Many of the people 6f London;
realized for the first time how
strong the labor movement has.
become since the men, through
the federation of unions, began to
stand together.
Food prices stjlare going up
and the situation is not nearly as
bad as it yet may be.
The general strike order is held
up by the United Transport
Workers. They can use it any
time. If f hey do they can tie up
every port, every railroad, and
starve every great city in the
United Kingdom through the
great federation agreement.
The Board of Trade is meeting
with little success in its effort to
get employers and strikers to
gether. The unions are willing to
arbitrate, but only on one condi
tion, that the arbitrators pass on
all points in dispute and not mere
ly on the minor points involved!
The employers are willing to ar
bitrate -a 'few points.
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