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A French View of Strikes in…


A French View of Strikes in War Time, In an interesting little War volume The German Danger," primarily designed to enforce the importance of good rifle shooting, M. Maxime Hebert, a Frenchman who I reveals an intimate knowledge of Germany's extraordinary preparations, writes as follows with regard to strikes :— i It is urgently necessary that complete union be maintained among all classes of society, and that the general effort is directed to the single end of defeating an odious enemy. Nothing could be mere reprehensible than that strikes and industrial strife should I occur at such a time as this, when they may involve consequences most deplorable for the country, and later on, by indirect result, for their authors. Surely no citizen of the Allies would wish to accuse himself of a single action which could possibly redound to the benefit of his worst enemy, Germany Any strike or stoppage of work would be to-day a crime against one's country, and therefore an alliance with the hated enemy. Are not the workers aware that their country is passing through the greatest danger that has ever threatened it in all its history ? They are free from conscription at least they should do all in their power to help their comrades who have offered them- selves freely for the firing line, and who now, for them and for all, give their blood and their lives. Have they reflected that the Kaiser and his generals rub their hands at the news of a massacre in which hundreds or thousands of our poor soldiers have been cut down by their shot and shell ? Do they think of the ruins that are heaped up day after day, and do they wish that these acts of odious barbarity should last still longer with their connivance ? As far as France is concerned, the war has wiped out the great party divisions, and instead we see an admirable spirit of unity and sacrifice which must lead us to victory. In place of strikes and stoppages of work, which are of advantage only to the enemy, holidays should be entirely suspended (there is too much time lost in this connection in England), and work should be carried on energetically, night and day, Sundays and holidays, until the hated enemy is brought low. While time is being lost elsewhere, in Germany work is being carried on with unwearying stubbornness, without the loss of a single minute, so that she may reach her aim. Do we always remember this ? The German Danger is published by the Letchworth Garden City Press at Is.




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