PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL. L.S.I. AND I.F.T.U: SPAIN.
14.1.37, C.G.T. Offices, Paris.
NOT TO BE PUBLISHED.
TRADES UNION CONGRESS GENERAL COUNCIL.
JOINT MEETING OF THE L.S.I. & I.F.T.U., HELD AT THE C.G.T. OFFICES, PARIS, ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1937.
The meeting commenced at 10 a.m.
There were present:
I.F.T.U: Sir Walter Citrine,
L.S.I: Dr. F. Adler,
L. de Brouckère,
A. Greenwood, M.P.
S. Grumbach, )
A. Bracke, ) France.
J. Longuet, )
J. Delvigne Belgium.
Sir Walter Citrine presided.
As was indicated by the PRESIDENT at the beginning, this meeting was called because of the recent events in connection with the Spanish civil war, and the need for considering methods of continuing relief for Spain. These events may be summarised thus:
1. The Fascist Powers' answers to the Anglo-French proposals for checking the influx of foreign volunteers into Spain showed clearly that Germany and Italy were pursuing their tactics of procrastination. Although they admitted in principle the advantage of stopping volunteers, their acceptances were qualified by many conditions. Thus they were waiting on events, and in this way helping the insurgents.
2. The Foreign Office had sent another Note to Berlin, Rome, Lisbon and Moscow, urging that simultaneous action should be taken in this matter, and the Foreign Office itself had issued a warning that the provisions of the Foreign Enlistment Act of 1870 would apply in the case of the Spanish civil war.
3. Serious international complications had been threatened by the reports of the presence of German troops in Morocco. Apparently, verbal assurances had since been given by Hitler that there were no such troops, and that Germany had no designs on the Spanish zone.