Excerpt from the Melbourne Argus, 16 February 1911
Mr. E. F. Russell, the secretary of the union, in making a statement as to why the union had insisted that all workmen should join it, said:— "Our men have for a long time been subjected to considerable pin-pricking by the employers. In particular instances there are many little grievances which have tended to unrest. Then there are complaints as to the delay of the wages board, which has now been sitting three months. The existing determination was arrived at in March, 1909. Since then there has been a material advance in the cost of living, and the workmen are entitled to higher wages. There will always be dissatisfaction with wages boards until their decisions are made retrospective. However, to put ourselves in a solid position in a fight we saw that we would have to organise completely. That is one of the reasons why we are so keen about every man being in the union."
Speaking on the situation last night, after the meeting of members of the union held at the Guild-hall, Mr. Russell stated that any difficulty at Gaston Bros.' factory had been obviated; but that, as there was one non-unionist at T. Robinson and Sons' establishment, the men employed there would not return to work to-day unless everything was put right.