A bill was recently introduced into the British Parliament, having for its object the settlement and prevention of disputes betwQen employers and their workmen. When the second reading of it was called for by Mr. McKinnon, the Home Secretary—Mr. Walpole hoped it would not be pressed during the present sessjon, as the bill was very defective, especially that part of it which related to the formation of a court of arbitration. Mr. A. Turner, a large employer, objected to the principles of the bill, and asserted it would do evil instead of good. He said that of late years, a growing feeling of amity had sprung up between employers and employed, and the b}ll would arrest this feeling. The people were becoming far too sensible to enter recklessly into strikes against their employers, and on the other hand employers were anxious to do all in their power to avoid disputes with their workmen. They had all united interests, and should have but one wish for the common good. The bill was then withdrawn. These sentiments, expressed in Parliament, exhibit cheerful signs of progress in Old England.
This article was originally published with the title "Employers and Workmen" in Scientific American 13, 42, 334 (June 1858)