By Albert Camus
This English version contains the performs Caligula, The false impression (Le Malentendu), State of Siege (L'État de siège), and The simply Assassins (Les Justes).
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And] accidents are continually occurring which maim the workers and serve to incapacitate them ... the unhealthiness of the occupation is beyond question; the low lights with which we are compelled to work, the confinement which impairs vitality, and the unseen dangers that menace.... 162 The union urged the Alberta government to pass adequate compensation laws, to institute the eight-hour bank-to-bank regulation mirroring the one that already existed in the British Columbia mines, and also called for more frequent visits from the Mine Inspectors to check into the conditions in the mines.
128 Gino Remo attributed his mother’s grey hair to the fact that he, his brother, and his father were all miners. 129 One miner’s wife commented, “I’d rather have a little less money than see him go down that hole. 130 Some fathers, although content to work in the mines themselves, actively discouraged their sons from following in their footsteps. Alrik Tiberg “would not encourage a son (if he had one) to work in the mines,”131 a sentiment that is also echoed in the familiar mining song “Don’t Go Below”: Your gran’dad was a miner and he raised me like himself.
These factors included a strong sense of warmth and camaraderie fostered between miners and the creation of a close-knit community. DANGER 25 Miners also celebrated the challenges of their work in a positive way by reacting with a fierce independence and pride. Miners were above all practical men. Although on one level they may have accepted the dangers of their workplace, they also worked through the unions, one of the few channels available to them, to try to change their working conditions. The sense of pride fostered by mine workers had much to do with how fathers handed on the work ethic, training, and education of mining to their sons.