Industrial Workers of the World

Militant organisation based on the American model which fought for workers' rights and opposed conscription in 1916.

Milestone
Formed
1907
Name
Alternate
IWW
Colloquial
The Wobblies
Position
Type

Socialist Opposition to World War I

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2014

Most socialist organisations opposed World War I from the beginning, the militant vigour of their opposition fiercely suppressed through government censure and legislation. Their message - that the working classes were mere cannon fodder for the imperialist war machine from which they would not benefit - appealed to many Sydnysiders, especially as the war drew on, and its emotional, social and financial cost became more exhausting.