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THE  GOLDEN   RULE  IN  TRADE

MR  JUDKINS’  ADVOCACY

    “Fraternalism in Industry”  was the subject of an address by Mr WH Judkins at the Gipps Street (Collingwood) Methodist Church yesterday afternoon.
    Mr Judkins said that Australia had just passed through a great crisis. If the questions submitted to the people had been carried he was afraid that any attempt  to bring together employer and employee would have failed.  Blatant unionists said, if workmen would not join a union, “to hell with them! Kick them out of existence!”  No wonder unionism went down when it had no sane argument for its opponents, but trusted rather  to vacuous and offensive epithets. Unionism  did not take as its basis the Sermon on the Mount, and it was bound  to fall in the end.  He was preaching  a Christ-like spirit in trade and industrialism.  That was embodied in the golden rule. Put against that the utterances of some of the militant unionists, “Send the non-unionists to hell!”  Was it right for one man to say that another should not work because he happened not to belong to a union?  The very fact that men were compelled to enter unions was the strongest reason why they should not join. Blatant unionism was going to die, and there would spring up in its place a sane-unionism, that would be more Christ-like in its principles.  Militant unionism said that there should be a minimum of work. Any attempt by unionists to drag down the level of efficiency was going to drag down the country.  If they had the interests of the country at heart they would give the best that was in them always. It seemed to him that the reason why the Labour party got such a set back on Wednesday was that they cried out for power against monopolies, whereas if the power had been granted, they would have built up one of the greatest monopolies in the world. (Applause)
 
 

From  THE  ARGUS   1st May 1911   page 6

 

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