1C.H.# Liverpool Correspondent TALKING to 4,000 Merseyside workers in his Cathedral at Liverpool on Sunday, the eve of the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Archbishop Heenan issued this solemn warning: "If depression and unemployment should come it would be harvest time for the Communist Party. If the agitators have their way depression is bound to come ...
" My advice to you, as your father in God, is not to take strike action unless you are sure you are justified. If there is no other method of securing your rights the Church teaches you to have full freedom to withdraw your labour. But striking should be a last resort. It is a weapon, and weapons arc dangerous.
"If you know that your action will bring suffering to thousands of other workers and their families you have an added reason, a spiritual motive. for seeking negotiation before withdrawing your labour. As Christian men you must think of the effect of your action on the whole of the community .
" Many of you work in the
docks. Take care that word dots not go round the world that British dockers arc unreliable. Merchants will believe that the English market has become too uncertain. If that happens those who buy and sell will avoid the English market. If this were to happen our country would become a land of bread lines.
So be prudent. Beware of those who always urge you to down tools. Do not leave the leadership to those who hate our way of life."