GERMANY: Mine Strike

About 80,000 lignite* miners in Central Germany went on strike and with it began a general movement for an increase of wages, long incipient.

The miners demanded an increase of 2½c an hour, equivalent to a 12½% rise on an average eight-hour weekly wage of $9.60, which, considering the high cost of living in the Reich, is unqualifiedly asserted to be far below decent living pay.

The mine owners were not unsympathetic, but pointed out that, as their industry is to a great extent run on borrowed capital and therefore has high...

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