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The Social democrat

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Pages: 376

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Unknown Author

Excerpt from book: LESSONS OF THE LOCK-OUT. After seven months' resistance, the engineers have had to give way, and the strike and lock-out end iii complete defeat for the men. Not only have they been compelled to withdraw the original demand for an eight hours' day in the London workshops, but the employers have completely turned the tables on them by insisting upon the acceptance of conditions which have been over and over again described as being absolutely destructive of all the safeguards of trade unionism. It is true that the form of these conditions has been somewhat modified since they were first submitted, but in spirit and in substance they are precisely the same. Briefly, these conditions may be stated as follows : 1. The employers claim complete liberty in the management of their business, and the right to introduce into any workshop any conditions of labour under which any members of the trade unions concerned may have been working in any other workshop. 2. The right to introduce piecework into any workshop. 3. Overtime to be nominally limited to forty hours per week, after allowance has been made for lost time. This restriction not to apply to breakdowns, or general repairs, and all other restrictions on overtime to be removed. """ -- 4 Employers are to be free to employ men at rates of wages mutually satisfactory. They do not object to the unions, or any other body of workmen, arranging among themselves the rates at which they will accept work [how could they 1], but they decline to enforce any rule as to wages, and the unions are not to interfere in any way with the wages of men outside their unions. 5. There shall be no limitation of the numbei of apprentices. 6 The employers are to have perfect liberty in the selection of men to work their machine tool, and to ...  

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