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Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947. Great Britain after the war - Image 34. 1916. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 20, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2338/show/2287.

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Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947. (1916). Great Britain after the war - Image 34. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2338/show/2287

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Title Great Britain after the war
Alternative Title Great Britain after the war, by Sidney Webb and Arnold Freeman; being facts and figures, quotations and queries, suggestions and forecasts, designed to help individual inquirers and study circles in considering what will happen after war with regard to trade, employment, wages, prices, trade unionism, co-operation, women's labour, foreign commerce, the railways, the coal supply, education, taxation, etc. Dedicated to the Workers' educational association
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947
Publisher G. Allen and Unwin
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London
Date 1916
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Economic policy
  • Economics
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • United Kingdom
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 80 pages; 22 cm.
Original Item Location HC256.2.P27
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8302906~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript 32 GREAT BRITAIN AFTER THE WAR. industry (e.g., his own). Wages will depend primarily upon the interaction of the forces of " Supply and Demand." We have to ask in each sub-division of industry : W hat demand will there be for workers?" and "What supply of workers will be forthcoming?" In some kinds of work the circumstances may perhaps of themselves produce an actual increase of wages (e.g., in agriculture, if the soldiers who were formerly on the land refuse to return to the lot of a farm labourer), but it is to be feared that, in many an industry, for a long time, two men will be running after one job. If this is true, unless there is prompt and adequate organisation, and Parliamentary intervention to, enforce the Standard Rates and a Legal Minimum, wages must fall disastrously. D.—How can the Standard of Life be Preserved ? If prices cannot be kept down (Chapter III.) how can wages be kept up? There is no way of keeping up wages, where the " natural economic forces tend to depress them, except by concerted action on the part of sections of the community or of the community as a whole (i.e., Trade Union Action or State Intervention). These questions may pertinently be asked :— Which Trade Unions will be strong enough to preserve the Standard of Life, even of their owTn members? Can they save the three-quarters of the workers who are not organised? Are the Trade Unions making any satisfactory preparation now to ensure the maintenance of their Standard Rates when Peace arrives ? What measures ought the State to take to prevent that most disastrous of all national calamities, a general fall in the Standard of Life? Could it do so by actually preventing unemployment (as distinct from letting it occur and then merely relieving the unemployed); by adhering to its own Standard Rates and enforcing a like policy on Local Authorities, Trade Boards and contractors for public work; by enforcing the payment of a properly graduated minimum wage throughout the whole of industry (as in Australia)? (Note that there will be no shortage of work. "^Before there can be ' a general scarcity of work ' the world must be completely supplied with everything it desires to have." (Cannan.) Tins win be very far from the case after the war! There will be not only the wastage of war to make good and trade to recover, but also the