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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 01, 1912, Image 19

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The news reports tell us that there are rhore than 1,900,000
people on strike in Great Britain. This is a large number and this
v strike, has some peculiar features that are worth noting. t
. " The strike is a SYNDICALIST strike part of the great labor
( movement that is gradually sweeping over Europe and seeping into
this country. We are liable to learn more and more about Syndical
ism in the near -future. It is a word that haslonly recently come
inlo general notice.
The labor people of Europe are becoming tired of slowly starv
ing to death while hey are compelled to wait apparently limitless
time for the red tape governments, courts and political action look
ing to a betterment of their economic conditions. They have asked
" themselves: "What can we do about it?"
The Syndicalists have given them an answer. They are putting
it to the test of practical experiment. The answer is this: "We
t working people have a common cause. Out interests are one. We
i. ( must forget that we are carpenters, bricklayers, miners and otheT
sorts of craftsmen and learn that, no matter what particular trade
' we work at, we are sjmpty workmen.
I ' When we want anything thatwe think we ought to have, we
will simply resort to "DIRECT ACTION" of the GENERARX
Sf STRIKE. We will not wait for the politicians to decide, or the
ty courts to trifle for years with petty technicalities ; but we will have
a first class REVOLUTION right now." This is practically what
they say.
But their revolution is a little different from the old-fashioneil
kind.vThat used to be one of blood, daggers, bombs, guris, powder
- and killing. In their kind they say: "We will not take up ARMS,
btk lay down TOOLS. The worjd will have to stop and take notice.
It will not be a"ble to go ahead till we say so. We -will say so when
We get what we want." This seems" simple. Tljey are doing it.
Last year they tried it with their railroad strike. They got
,w what they asked 'for. They also learned their power. They are
al trying it again. This time they are asking for a "Minimum Wage."
-They will probably get it. When they get that what will they
want next? Where willthey stop?
There is no doubt but the workers are learning their power.
The principle of solidarity is fast supplanting that of craft-consciousness.
The foolishness of one trade striking when all the
tthers are working, leaves nothing but' the filling of the striking
craftsmen's places by the unemployed to knock the strikers out.

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