1ST MAY 1943
SOLIDARIDAD DE TRABAJADORES VASCOS (Basque Trade Unions) in exile, joins with the workers associations throughout the free world, celebrating Labour Day. One more year of exile has but strengthened our longing to return to Euzkadi. One more year of war has opened before our eyes more pleasing vistas of a just and lasting peace. Through our Christian, Social -Democrat and Basque national convictions, which are over increasing in strength, we affirm our fundamental ideals.
During the last year we have witnessed the unanimous manifestation of the western democratic peoples, who have formulated as their post-war programme of action, the three great freedoms: individual, national and social. In the field of political principles the co-existence and solidarity of all liberties has been accepted, and the integral rights of the human being affirmed, whether as an individual, as a national entity, or as a social body. Not only have man's political rights been recognised, but also the economic, without which the former are illusory. We are going further than victory, towards the age of the man of the people, which will be neither fascist, nor communist, nor capitalist, The individual, national and international rights of the human being will be guaranteed him, as a man, as a citizen and as a worker.
In the Christian sphere, we find our conception reflected in the five Peace Points of the Roman Pontiff, in the ten points of the United Christian Churches of Great Britain, in the Manifesto of the European Catholics of America, by which we establish that the present conflict is, above all, a war of civilisation, whose fundamental postulates have been endangered by fascism.
From the political point of view, we hope that the United Nations, generously applying the principles of the Atlantic Charter, and even extending them, will establish the bases of human solidarity, which will guarantee the rights of men and of peoples, without exceptions, privileges or slight, with the equality and effectiveness not enjoyed by the League of NatIons. The rights consubstantial to human dignity, such as the peace of the world, must have no frontiers. It is necessary to revise the institution of neutrality, which cannot be accepted when civilisation is at stake. Neither the policy of non-intervention, nor that of the localisation of conflicts, which have brought us to the present war, must be allowed to break up the principle of collective security. The growing interdependence of the nations, compatible with their essential liberty and sovereignty, must grant to the International State, or to the entity which administers that solidarity, whatever faculties are required for the validity of their resolutions and the effectiveness and permanence of their judgments. The League of Nations must [also?] be a meeting of advocates appointed exclusively by the governments, of States but must include the representatives of the nations, Of science, the spirit, economy and labour.