• 1910

    Copenhagen Congress  Copenhagen Congress of 2nd International called for workers to oppose war
  • 1912

    Don’t Shoot  leaflet (Guy Bowman, Tom Mann, Fred Crowsley –all imprisoned)
  • 1914

    Industrial Peace 1914 (end of Aug) TUC and LP declared ‘industrial truce’, supported by Hyndman
  • 1914 Union of Democratic Control (UDC) formed

    Opposed the war from the start, as did Sylvia Pankhurst whose organisation, the East London
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Clyde Workers’ Committee

Clyde Workers’ Committee formed; united industrial struggle with community based campaigns; women involved from start – rent strikes. It is composed of Delegates or Shop Stewards from all Trades in the Glasgow area, and is open to all such bona fide workers. The progressives in all Trades are invited to attend. Its origin goes back to the last big strike of February, 1915, when action was taken to force the [2nd side of leaflet] demand put forward for an increase of 2d. per hour in the Engineering industry.

At that time a Committee known as the Labour Withholding Committee was set up, representative of the different Trades in the industry, to organise the strike, and notwithstanding the fierce opposition from public opinion, employers, Government,and our own officials alike, that committee managed and carried through probably the best organised strike in the annals of Clyde history, and brought about closer working unity amongst the rank and file of the different Trades than years of official effort. It became obvious then that such a Committee permanently established would be valuable to workers, and with that purpose in view the Committee was kept in being after the termination of the strike. Recently, when the three Govan shipwrights were locked up under the Munitions Act, many appeals were sent to the Committee to again take action. In answer to those appeals the Committee called its forces together and discussed certain lines of action, and, despite all reports to the contrary, it was through “the powers that be” getting to know that the Committee was again at work, that ultimately forced the release of the three shipwrights.

At this juncture it was considered advisable to change the name of this body, and from now on it will be known as the Clyde Workers’ Committee (C.W.C) Our purpose must not be misconstrued, we are out for unity and closer organisation of all trades in the industry, one Union being the ultimate aim. We will support the officials just ‘so long as they rightly represent the workers, but we will act independently immediately they misrepresent them. Being composed of Delegates from every shop, and untrammelled by obsolete rule or law, we claim to represent the true feeling of the workers. We can act immediately according to the merits of the case and the desire of the rank and file. The following Trades are at present represented on the Committee. All other Trades are kindly invited to become attached. All Shop Stewards welcome:- Toolmakers, Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipwrights, Coppersmiths, Brassfinishers, Patternrnakers, Miners, Tinsmiths, Sheet-iron Workers, Electrical Trades, joiners, Gas and General Workers, School Teachers, Coopers. For further information see your Shop Steward. Speakers will be sent on request to Work Gates, Districts, and generally be at the convenience of the workers. Signed on behalf of the Committee, WM. GALLACHER, President. J.M. MESSER, Secretary, 408 Allison Street.

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