Maoriland Worker, Volume 4, Issue 114, 23 May 1913, Page 6
a By VICTIM. Now that the- strike is on, the Farmer's Union lias turned out a real Scab Union, and their members who hold official positions in the union are scabbing against tho Freezers and the Waterside Workers' Union at the port of Timaru. It is certainly somewhat interesting to note that tho great landholders and aristocracy have at last made up their minds that Socialism is a reality and must sooner or later prevail, hence about ten or twelve of these "gentlemen" condescended: to work as scabs in assisting to load the s.s. Zcalandic, to defeat tho strike of the Workers' Unions. Now it is quite amusing to behold the South Canterbury squattocracy coming to tho fore and assisting the cause of Socialism, which they so much condemn, and at the same timo force the disssatisfied workers to closo up the ranks of their different unions, and thus become a stronger lighting power. It is significant that all tho trouble at Timaru aroso from tlio >Scab Department, which these wool kings so greatly appreciate. So they have joined the Scab Department now themselves.
It is generally admitted that the Smithfield Company was not at all satisfied with the scab labor employed before tho strike. Yet for mere bluff to tho workers the members of this highly-booraod Farmers' Union ha« gone scabbing—a fact that will materially promote the cause of Socialism in South Canterbury. Noiv the Farmers' Union has shown its real colors, the workers of this remote district will not very, readily forget its real policy, nor the fact of its scabbery. The strike weapon is not by any means played out, nor yet is the boycott. It has been for some long time surmised by tho workers of this district that this Farmers' Union was the real home of the Trinity of Coercion, Intimidation, and Victimisation ; and now the fact has been demonstrated. Our local municipal elections are once more a thing of the past, and it is really refreshing to report that those headlights of the Farmers' Union have been restored from tho sphere of our local politics, and as a consequence ate feeling their position rather keenly. They are even endeavoring to obtain a recount—which," in my opinion, won't avail them much.—10.5.13.'