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FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 192.
For the Workers Councils
With the change in the form of "The Toiler" adopted
this week goes a new policy. In the past this paper has
been devoted to a general presentation of news regarding
the working class movement and editorial comment on
political and industrial developments. While a newspaper
of this character has an important function to perform,
this policy does not lead to any definite form of action.
The development of the working class struggle during
the last three or four years has thrown in sharp relief
the kind of organization which the workers must build up
in order to succesfully combat the capitalist class and its
organs of power. It is through the Workers Councils that
the power of the working class is mobilized and united for
the struggle against the capitalist class. These Workers
Council have their basis in the shops, the factories, the
mills, the mines and railroad.
It was on the rhop organizations and shop committees
that the power of the Russian Soviets was built In Ger
many the Workers Councils appeared as organs of the
workers' power in every struggle against the Junkers and
the capitalists. In England the shop organizations are the
basis of the shop stewards movement, which is both a
challenge against reactionary trade unionism and a mobi
lization of the workers' power for militant action.
In Italy the workers are consciously proceeding with
the work ef organizing workers councils in preparation for
the time when they will be compelled to assume the burden
of carrying on the affairs of that country a day not far
In the United States the workers are handicapped
in the struggle against the capitalist class by a Trade
Union organization more reactionary than that of England.
The American Federation of Labor is seeking to be admitt
ed to partnership In the government and with the capital
ist class, rather than fighting the workers' battles in the
class struggle. While many of the members of the A. F. of
L. are ready to carry on an uncompromising struggle
against the capitalist system, their efforts are fruitless
because the machinery of their reactionary organizations
sabotage every action which is not in accord with the con
servative policy of their leaders.
The steel strike, the miners strike and tho "outlaw"
railroad workers strike, stand as a monument to the
treachery of the officialdom of the American Federation
of Labor and the Railroad Brotherhoods. In placo of ral
lying the whole organized working class to tho support of
these striking workers, these officials either openly sold
out the workon and joined with tho capitalists in fighting
against them, or aided the enemy of the workers by their
cowardly and vacillating policy.
The system of shop organizations and shop committees,
ultimately to be united in the Workers Councils, offers and
effective means of combating the trade unions and of
uniting both organized and unorganized workers for com
mon action. The shop committee is in close touch with the
rank and file and responsive to its will. It does not re
present the interests of any particular craft, but of all tho
workers in the shop. If there is a strike all the workers
go out together. When the shop committees are united for
a particular industry, they can swing all the workers in
that industry into action. United in the Workers Councils
they can bring to bear the whole power of the working class.
If there ahd been Workers Councils in every great in
dustrial centre at the time of the steel strike and the
miners strike, the workers would not have lost these
strikes. The workers would have had the machinery at their
command through which they could have taken united
action to force the capitalists to their knees.
The part which "The Toiler" will play in the class
struggle in this country in the future will be to carry on
the agitation for the organization of shop organizations,
shop committees and Workers Councils. Together with this
agitation will go the advocacy of industrial unionism.
In carrying out this policy first hand information will
be secured in regard to the conditions which the workers
face in the industries. Close contact will be maintained
with the actual life of the workers in the shops. Every
strike of moment will be covered.
Those of the present readers who are ready to sup
port this policy are urged to increase the influence of
"The Toiler" by ordering bundles for sale to the workers
in thoir shops and by securing subscriptions.
The shop organization, the shop committee, the Work
ers Councils, along that line lies the action that will
hasten the day of the workers amanclpation.
" Runaway" strikes.
" Unofficial " strikes.
Strikes against the Hops.
Strikes against union officialdom.
Strikes against tho government.
8trikes agiinst tho "conciliators."
It really looks like capitalist conciliation fuils to con
ciliate. What nextf