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RELIEF WORK IN SPAIN:
As soon as the gravity of the struggle became known, an appeal was issued by the National Council of Labour to all affiliated organisations, and to the public, for funds to assist the victims of the civil war. The T.U.C. General Council started the subscription list with a donation of £1,000, and within a few weeks contributions amounting to over £12,000 were received from Trade Unions, Trades Councils, local Labour Parties, and individual sympathisers.
In addition, meetings were held in the United States, at which the President and the Secretary of the I.F.T.U. spoke, in order to raise help, the response being the highest ever obtain for that purpose in that country.
The monies received were placed at the disposal of the International Solidarity Fund, which is the joint Fund under the control of the I.F.T.U. and the L.S.I. There is a Spanish section, the members of which were appointed by the U.G.T. (Spanish T.U.C.), and specially appointed representatives of the two Internationals have been sent to Spain in order to consult with our Spanish comrades on the spot, and they are remaining there [to assist in the relief work, and] to help them in the organisation of relief work, distribution of clothing, etc. Ambulances have also been provided. Plans have been made for the establishment of a fully-equipped hospital on the Madrid front.
The funds provided are used for no other purposes than the relief of suffering and distress. No money is sent to the Spanish Government. Our efforts are guided solely by what the representatives of the International Solidarity Fund advise us as to the needs