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The end of the 1918 strike will be welcome to all, for it seemed so terrible to bave this industrial struggle going en nil through the ohri3tmue bo ! idays, It is gratifying to think that pence has come for Christmas. and it is to bo hoped that the peace will be one of long duration. Tht end has not yet comt 5 , for raarjy an unfortunate man will feel the pinch in the coming winter. Billots have been filled by outsiders, and numbers will never get back into their berth?, Thi? jg what happened in the 1890 strike at Lyttelton, and it is happening again to day, Oae thing is certain, and that is that the Federation of Labour is dead. The views of ono of the strike sympathisers, as given in the " Lyttelton Times," are of in fcerest even if one does not agree with them. This man considers the strike ha 3 benefited the working mar, though we fail to see where the benefit comes in. He add 3 that the chief lesson taught is that the workers must fight the matter out in the political arena. This means, of course, that . the Social Democratic Party will put up a candidate in each electorate, Wβ fail to see how the Social Democratic Party has helped the working man at all, and we are certain that when the strikers feel the effects of the late industrial trouble, they will ngres that the stiike, which was organised by that party, was of no help to them. The strike has only bound the employers and producers into a tighter bond of sympathy, and on account of their extreme action the strikers have alienated many who were in sympathy with labour. The interests of labour are well conserved at tba present time, and we admit this is only fair, but it is not a just thing that labour should dictate to the country, Unfortunately it is not labour that dictates to the country, but agitators who would U3ver do a day's work if they could Lop it. Any of these men who bave a c-mmand of language find it easy to .sway the true labourer, who does not bothur to weigh the matter for himself. America has rejected a number of these men " bolus bolus," and we are the gainers, or rather loaare, thereby. The behaviour of the riug leaders of the strike should ba proof enough of the folly of trusting to such men, and we believe the mieguided labourer?, who will suffer in the end, will be convinced that the agitating demagogues of the Social Democratic Party are not their best friends.

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THE 1913 STRIKE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4359, 23 December 1913

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THE 1913 STRIKE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4359, 23 December 1913