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FB1DAY, AUGUST 27, 1929.
Sailors Strike Against Carrying Polish Troops
By Martha Foley.
Fifty-five Italian sailors, the entire crew of the
Calabria of the Anchor line, struck on August 13
when they learned that the ship was to carry
Polish soldiers to Danzig to fight against their
Russian comrades. They refused not only to work
but also to leave the ship because they wanted to
do all in their power to prevent the ship leaving
on such a mission. Finally their belongings were
thrown overboard and they were forced to land at
the point of revolvers.
These sailors are members of the Italian
Seamen's union which owns and operates five
co-operative vessels, one of which, the Crema,
was the first ship flying the red flag to enter an
American port. This union has forbidden all its
members to engage in any activity either in Rus
sia or elsewhere that will injure the workers'
cause. They realise that the workers of all count
ries must unite and that an injury to one is an
injury to all.
One of the sailors said after they had left
the ship, "w.e felt that we could not hold up our
heads if we went back to Italy after we had taken
this ship to Danzig. Our fellow-workers would
call us traitors to the working class. We feel that
we would have been co-operating with Polish and
Anti-Soviet imperialists. We would rather die
than do so."
A per capita tax shall lie levied Against the affiliated
local unions on the basis of two (2) cents per month per
members in good standing, payable monthly in advance.
AMENDMENTS. To amend, alter or'change this consti
tution, a resolution endorsed by three local unions from
three different organizations, bearing the seal and signa
tures of the responsible officers of said local unions, must
be presented at n regvlar meeting of the Council. Eaeli
local union endorsing such resolution must state the number
of members voting for or against the resolutions.
Such resolutions, conforming to the above rules and
stipulations must be sent by the (iencral Secretary to th
various affiliated unions for n referendum vote of their
The resolution, if carried by a majority of the member
ship voting, shall bctomc an amendment to the constitu
tion. Any parts of the constitution conflicting with
inch resolution shull be declured null and raid.
The Italian Chamber of Labor of New York
gave a banquet to the strikers. Speakers repre
senting American labor organisations congratulat
ed the men upon the splendid stand they had
taken. Red roses were presented them by the
.United Communist Party of America. The meet
ing closed with cries of "Long live Soviet Russia !
Long live Soviet Italy! Long live Soviet Poland;
and Long live Soviet America!"
These Italian sailors cannot understand how
.some of the workers of this country can be so
blind to their own interests as to scab on the
Russian workers by helping in the manufacture
and shipping of ammunition to be used against
Soviet Russia. The Bolsheviki are fighting so
hard against the Big Business Interests of the
world, the same Big Business Interests that are
exploiting the workers of America, in order that
the workers everywhere, may be freed from
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