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ADVICE TO LABOUR.

Mr J. R. Clynes, MJP., speaking in London recently, said that Labour would be better able to do its duty if other people did theirs, but even if employers did not do right, that was no reason why Labour should do wrong. He did not believe that any industrial grievance could be removed by the workers doing injury to industry. There was a dual interest and responsibility between employers and employed.

•JrVork was not the object of existence. It ought to afford the means whereby workers could live on a highly civilised level. To-day trade unions possessed more power, moral authority, and influence than ever before, and that increased their responsibility. The interests of their members would be endangered if the interests of industry/?were ignored. There was need of Using to the fullest extent all the additions of modern invention which the genius and ability of our business men had provided us with.

He would further suggest to Labcur that, strong as it was, it was almost impossible for it permanentjy to separate itself from the body ot the community. That almost indefinite thing we called the public was a jury to which the great industrial cases must always be submitted for a verdict. Public opinion, now more than ever, expressed itself as to the rights and wrongs of claims made by Labour, and the public had a remarkable faculty not only for overcoming inconvenience caused by strikes, but of recuperation when placed in difficulties by any section within it.

"Lab,etuj: r '.)^'declared Mr Clynes, "has nothing to feai\ more than making the public fear it!" a

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ADVICE TO LABOUR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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ADVICE TO LABOUR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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