ABSTRACT

The attitude taken up by the Conservative party is, on the other hand, decidedly hostile, several of Lord Salisbury’s principal colleagues actually going out of their way to take sides with the employers. There remains the second evil in unfair foreign competition—the long hours and low wages. Two societies and one trades council, apparently brought in as makeweights, are marked with an asterisk on the margin. With regard to the method by which the Eight Hours Day is to be obtained, the returns are not quite so emphatic. There is one way, and one way only, by which the unions might possibly conquer in such a struggle, but in which their probabilities of success would be in the proportion of about one to a million. The unionists would be ground to powder, and trades unionism and the interests of labour would receive a blow that they would not recover from for two or three generations.