The Right to Strike
A rare 1921 novel of industrial action and its consequences
First edition. Small hardback bound in green cloth with printed titling to spine and upper board. 19 × 12.5cm, 251pp
Quite a scarce copy of this novel, which was adapted from a play of the same name. The central theme is the moral justification of strikes by bodies of specialised workers. Set in a large urban area that is dependant on a single line of railway, a doctor is supplying food to the area during a railway strike. The doctor is murdered, a child dies from diptheria, and the local doctors strike by deciding not to attend any of the strikers or their families. The strike leader's wife then needs an immediate operation, and two doctors relent... but meanwhile the strike has ended with a compromise behind the strike leaders' backs.
The authors wrote that were not propagandists for socialism, bolshevism or established institutions, and their aim is to suggest points for reflection.
A fair copy. The green boards are rubbed and marked, and there is damage at the head of the spine. The book is in readable condition but with tanned pages and lacking the ffep.