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TYRANNY OVER THE UNEMPLOYED.

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TYRANNY OVER THE UNEMPLOYED. It has transpired that a large shipbuilding company in Loudon-the Thames Iron Ship- building Companyâhas had a correspondence with its unemployed men, which, in our opi- nion, reveals a very sad state of things. The company was very" slack," which simply means that a number of its men had to swell the rauks of the distressed shipwrights, who form so large a proportion of the unemployed in the metropolis. The company, however, succeeded in getting a contract for the building of some foreign iron steamers; but the contract being at so low a figure, the manager sugges- ted that the men should work on a reduction of sixpence a day from thetfestablished wages, 7s. The men refused to accede tothe terms. Why ? Because the union system would not allow them to sell their labour at the price which, indivi- dually, perhaps every man amongst them would have willingly taken under the circumstances Now, let us add to this a remarkable com- munication to the Times." The writer, sign- ing himself a Durham man," says,â" A de- mand for higher wages in the establishment of a shipbuilder in the North led to a strike. After remaining out some time, the men were called together, and the employer expressed his firm conviction that the men were ready to go in on their old terms. A show of hands was taken, and all held up against goinat in. The master then, still convinced that the union was the real obstacle, ballotted all the men, and,strange as it may appear, the result showed that every man was in favour of resuming work, though not one would hold up his hand a few minutes before. The men went in." These facts, we think, are well worthy of being pondered over by working men; and it would be well if they were to be discussed in connection with the letters of Messrs Creed & Williajns, to the same journal. However ne- cessary or advisable may have been the union of working men in times gone by, it seems to us that the system is now being carried much too far. Many an unemployed man at this moment finds, not that union is strength," but that it is tyranny.

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