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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The first edition of this book was published on September ist, and was exhausted within three days. On September 4th the following announcement of the formation of the Free Labour Protection Association appeared in several London papers :
A Private Meeting of influential employers and representatives of the principal Employers Associations in the United Kingdom was held at 7, Victoria Street, Westminster, on Friday, July 16th, to discuss a proposal to form a National Organization for the Defence of Free Labour.
The chair was taken by the Right Hon. the Earl of Wemyss.
On the motion of Colonel H. C. Dyer (President, the Employers' Federation of Engineering Associations), seconded by Mr. G. A. Laws (General Manager, The Shipping Federation, Limited), the following resolution was unanimously adopted :
“That, in the opinion of this representative meeting of employers, it is desirable to form a Free Labour Protection Association, having for its objects
“I. To test systematically the efficiency, or otherwise, of the existing laws for the protection of Non-Unionists, and, if necessary, to obtain an amendment of such laws.
“II. To watch all strikes, and ensure the observance of the law in all disputes between employer and employed.
“III. To oppose all legislation injuriously affecting the trades and industries the United Kingdom.
“IV. To seek the attainment of these objects through the corporate action of the Association ; by the federation of (a) employers, whether individuals, firms, or corporate bodies ; (6) existing or future Employers' Associations for the protection of separate interests; and in such ways as shall at any time appear necessary
or desirable.” A Committee consisting of the following gentlemen, with power to add to their number, was appointed to give effect to the foregoing resolution, and to draft the constitution and rules of the Association :
The Right Hon. the Earl of Wemyss.