Resolution on the Ways and Means to Realize the Demand for Labor Protection

A resolution of the 1st World Congress of the Socialist 2nd International, held in Paris, France in 1889.

Proletarians of all countries, unite!

RESOLUTION ON THE WAYS AND MEANS TO REALIZE THE DEMAND FOR LABOR PROTECTION

1st World Congress
Socialist 2nd International
20.07.1889

Reproduced by
The Red Flag

This Resolution was voted on by nationality. 15 nations voted in favor of the resolution, three abstained from voting and two were not present.

RESOLUTION ON THE WAYS AND MEANS TO REALIZE THE DEMAND FOR LABOR PROTECTION

The international workers‘ congress in Paris calls on the workers‘ organizations and Socialist Parties of all countries to set to work immediately and to use all means (meetings, press, petitions, demonstrations, and so on) to influence their governments and to induce them:

  • To send representatives to the international governmental conference envisaged for Berne following the proposal of the Swiss government;

  • To support the resolutions of the Paris International Congress at that conference.

In all countries in which there are socialists in the municipal, cantonal or regional assembly, they should introduce the resolutions of the Paris Congress in the form of motions in municipal councils, in the form of legislative proposals in parliaments.

In all elections, whether as representatives of the whole people or as representatives of a community, socialist candidates must recognize and represent these resolutions as their program.

An executive commission is to be appointed, entrusted with the implementation of those resolutions of the Paris Congress which affect the international labour protection legislation planned by the Swiss government.

This commission, made up of five members, is entrusted with laying before the Berne Conference the principles which the organized workers and socialist parties of Europe and America at their congress in Paris from the 14th to 20th of July have determined to be absolutely necessary for labour protection legislation.

This commission is also given a mandate to convene the next international workers‘ congress, which is to take place in a location in Switzerland or Belgium to be determined later.

A weekly paper with the title The Eight-Hour Working Day will be published, with the participation of the Socialist Parties represented at the international congress in Paris. This is intended to collate all the news relating to the various national movements for legislative shortening of the working day.

The Bureau of the International Congress is hereby instructed to select the aforementioned Executive Commission.