What’s the meaning of this? You lazy lot should be in the quarry! We have orders to fill!
You haven’t paid our wages in two weeks.
I’ll be fried and battered before you ever see me paying the wages of any man who refuses to work! Get in there before I have your jobs!
Have them, then. It’s no job worth doing if we don’t get any payment for it.
[WORKER slowly stares down Magistrate, and spits]
Very well. You leave me no choice. Do you want to be shamed by a boy?
Go in there, Cotter. These men don’t want their jobs, so their jobs are now yours.
You heard me! I need ten thousand bricks by Sunday. Grab a pickaxe and a candle and start carving me stones.
This is what every other children's story is lacking: depictions of labor disputes.