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THE TOILER
BATtTBDAY, OCT. 16th, 1020.
A mighty strike wave, shaking the entire
European continent and also America and other
parts of the world, remains as the proof that the
labor unions will not rot at the roots but will
undergo a speedy metamoiphosis. The labor unions
cannot and will not stand aside from those ma?
nificient problems which are now attracting the
attentim of the entire world, and which divide all
humanity into two camps of white and red. Every
union is now compelled to take an interest in the
questions of mobilization, demobilization, indirect
and direct taxation, of the payment of war debts,
of nationalization of railroads, mines, important
industries, etc. With each day, to any member
in the ranks of the labor unions, it will become
clearer and clearer that neutrality propagated to
the labor unions by the bourgeoisie and opportun
ists is a common bourgeois trick; that in the de
cisive grappling of the two classes one cannot be
neither warm nor cold.
Division in the ranks of the labor unions ha
begun. A year will pass, and another, and we will
not recognize the old unions. The old bureaucrats
of the labor movement will become generals with
out armies. A new epoch will bring forth a new
generation of proletarian leaders of the trans
formed labor movement.
The 'Tellow" International
But, foreseeing this, the bourgeoisie is not
drowsing. Through their long tested servants,
through the old leaders of the labor movement,
it is attempting, again to take these unions into
its hands. In Amsterdam, as you know, was held
a convention which declared itself the international
gathering of labor unions. Legien, Jouhaux, Gom
pers, and other bourgeois agents attempted to
direct the flow of the labor movement along the
old channel. The much talked of League of Na
tions, which is in reality a confederation of im
perialistic robbers, convoked in Washington, and
afterwards at Paris, a ludicrous convention for
"the international protection of labor": having
apportioned two-thirds of the votes to the bourg
eoisie and one-third to the bourgeois agents such
as Legien, Jouxhaux and company, who call them
selves "labor representatives"!
At these conferences, packed by the bourge
oisie, they are attempting to put a straight-jacket
upon the labor movement which is awakening to
new life! It is intended by the joint efforts of
bourgeois ministers and the bureaucrats of the
labor union movement again to place the labor
unions upon the Procrustean bed of bourgeois re
formism! THE COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL
TURNS TO THE ORGANIZED PROLETARIAT
OF THE WHOLE WORLD WITH THE APPEAL:
PUT AN END TO THIS BOURGEOIS DECI
SION! EXPOSE THE SHAMEFUL COMEDY
WHICH IS BEING STAGED BY THE IMPER
TINENT BOURGEOISIE! PROCLAIM TO THE
WORLD THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING IN COM
MON WITH THE PUPPETS OF CLEMENCEAU
AND WILSON!
Unions Play Important Part
The best portion of the world proletariat is
extending demands for the formation of soviet
authority, and the time is not distant when all
mankind will win for itself the soviet proletarian
form of government. Labor unions play a great
role in the reconstruction of capitalist economy
upon a basis of communism. To the labor unions
will belong a place of honor alongside the Soviets,
just as we see it now in Soviet Russia.
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Demand tSTtwedom or

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