Part five of our series looks at the free speech campaigns the Wobblies waged in their efforts to organise agency workers.
The Industrial Workers of the World set about organising migratory workers across the west of the US. In this effort they encountered fierce resistance.
The corrupt and exploitative role played by employment agencies was a particular focus. The Wobblies would have found the role of employment agencies and the working conditions at the likes of Sports Direct in Britain today very familiar.
Every obstacle was put in the way of their campaigns. Street meetings were banned, speakers were arrested and the distribution of literature prevented.