French railroad strike of 1910

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The French railroad strike of 1910 was a brief, large-scale strike by French railroad workers, known for the use of sabotage during the strike.

Emma Goldman (1913), "Syndicalism: Its Theory and Practice"

From Emma Goldman (1913), "Syndicalism: Its Theory and Practice," in Mother Earth, Vol. VIII. No. 12 (February, 1913). 417.

Sabotage is mainly concerned with obstructing, by every possible method, the regular process of production, thereby demonstrating the determination of the workers to give according to what they receive, and no more. For instance, at the time of the French railroad strike of 1910, perishable goods were sent in slow trains, or in an opposite direction from the one intended. Who but the most ordinary philistine will call that a crime? If the railway men themselves go hungry, and the innocent public has not enough feeling of solidarity to insist that these men should get enough to live on, the public has forfeited the sympathy of the strikers and must take the consequences.
Another form of sabotage consisted, during this strike, in placing heavy boxes on goods marked Handle with care, cut glass and china and precious wines. From the standpoint of the law this may have been a crime, but from the standpoint of common humanity it was a very sensible thing.