Ideological interests

In front of the inflexible attitude of Rességuier, in front of this war wanted by the boss, on the 18th of August 1895 the workers had no other alternative than to vote the "excessive strike" and to call to the moral and financial solidarity of the "socialist workers and the republicans of France".

Rességuier left them no respite. He spread declaration through the powerful organs of the conservative press where he developed the classic arguments of the economic liberalism: “the contract concluded between the boss and his employees is of strictly deprived order. The labor union, the collective grouping, constitutes an unbearable infringement on the freedom of the employer”.

For Eugène Rességuier the strike broke the previous commitments between both parts. The boss was free to start work with whom he wanted, on the conditions defined by him only. And no intermediary, State, labor union, individual had to raise itself in front of him, this is the way he declared: "we have the firm conviction that by supporting this fight, we defend not only the interests of our industry but still those of the French industry"*.
By its complexity the strike of the glassworkers of Carmaux carried value of symbol. The national echo which was made by Jaurès illustrated the duel between the employers and the whole French proletariat at this end of the 19th century.

These elements kept place with the conservative political operations undertaken by Rességuier and Ludovic de Solages, the political opponent of Jean Jaurès.

* Jean Pierre Izard « Jaurès et la grève des verriers » p 14.

Ideological interests

In front of the inflexible attitude of Rességuier, in front of this war wanted by the boss, on the 18th of August 1895 the workers had no other alternative than to vote the "excessive strike" and to call to the moral and financial solidarity of the "socialist workers and the republicans of France".

Rességuier left them no respite. He spread declaration through the powerful organs of the conservative press where he developed the classic arguments of the economic liberalism: “the contract concluded between the boss and his employees is of strictly deprived order. The labor union, the collective grouping, constitutes an unbearable infringement on the freedom of the employer”.

For Eugène Rességuier the strike broke the previous commitments between both parts. The boss was free to start work with whom he wanted, on the conditions defined by him only. And no intermediary, State, labor union, individual had to raise itself in front of him, this is the way he declared: "we have the firm conviction that by supporting this fight, we defend not only the interests of our industry but still those of the French industry"*.
By its complexity the strike of the glassworkers of Carmaux carried value of symbol. The national echo which was made by Jaurès illustrated the duel between the employers and the whole French proletariat at this end of the 19th century.

These elements kept place with the conservative political operations undertaken by Rességuier and Ludovic de Solages, the political opponent of Jean Jaurès.

* Jean Pierre Izard « Jaurès et la grève des verriers » p 14.