Maoriland Worker, Volume 4, Issue 146, 19 November 1913, Page 6
Arthur Withy (Golden Brne—3o.-10. 13) writes: In his summary of the Hastings meeting recently addressed by Mr. Semple, your contributor, C. McK., owing mainly no doubt to the necessary brevity of his notes. d.o?s my position rather less than justice. Wkile I, said that I should be glad to see the political programme, the Fighting Platform of. the Social Democratic:. Party, which is practically on all fours with that of the United Labor Party, printed in leaflet form and distributed broadcast throughout New Zealand, I did not say that if the Party dropped its Objective only I would join the organisation. What I did say was that if the Objective hid been dropped at the and if the Strike Clause of the industrial wing had, been modified in the spirit of the »menixwr.ts suggested by the Hon. J. T. Paul and others, unity could have been achieved. Further, my recollection if what took plaoe at question tirc<? is that whon Mr. Stevenson a.nd I suggosted that no union or.federation, of unions should be required to contribute to or join in a. strike without first recuring, preferably by ballot, the consent of a majority of its members, Mr. Sample raid that no wise executive would call a union or federation of unions cut without they had first tested the feeling of the men aud knew that they would obey tho oail In short, ho admitted that a wise executive would do the very thing that the Hon. J. T. Pavl and others had sought to get embodied in the Strike Clause as the constitutional and, ne**ssacry mode of procedure. In moving a the vote of thanks I regretted that Mr. Semple had not spoken on theee lines at the Congress, and said that it only •showed the truth of what I stated at the time of tho Congress, that if we had only had time to thoroughly and calmly discuss the points at issue unity could have been secured.