PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL. GENERAL COUNCIL 5/ 1936-37.
I.F.T.U. - L.S.I. 4-5 Dec. 1936.
TRADES UNION CONGRESS GENERAL COUNCIL.
REPORT OF MEETING OF I.F.T.U. GENERAL COUNCIL AND L.S.I. BUREAU, HELD IN PARIS ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 4 & 5 DECEMBER, 1936.
SIR WALTER CITRINE IN THE CHAIR.
At the request of the Spanish Trade Union Centre a special joint meeting of the I.F.T.U. General Council and L.S.I. Bureau was held in Paris on 4th and 5th December.
The British T.U.C. were represented by Mr. A. Hayday, M.P., Mr. George Hicks, M.P., and Sir Walter Citrine; and the British Labour Party by Mr. G. Lathan M.P., and Mr. W. Gillies.
There were also representatives from the National Centres of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Holland, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. The Spanish Trade Union Centre was represented by the General Secretary, Pascual Tomas, and Carlos Hernandez, and the Spanish Socialist Party by Lamenada. International Trade Secretariats represented at the Conference included Building and Woodworkers, Clothing Workers, Commercial, Clerical & Technical Employees, Factory Workers, Food & Drink Workers, Metal Workers, Public and Civil Services, Teachers, and Transport Workers.
SCHEVENELS opened the discussion by giving a detailed report of the circumstances which led to the calling of the Conference, and also reviewed the situation to date.
PASCUAL TOMAS (SPAIN) explained that they had asked for this meeting because they wanted a greater measure of solidarity from the Internationals. The sending of foodstuffs, clothing,medical supplies etc., was not sufficient. The war in Spain had reached such a point that everybody in the two Internationals must be obliged to take a definite stand in compelling the Governments concerned to end the policy of neutrality.
Definite documentary proof had been produced to show the help that was being given to the rebels by Italy and Germany, and there was indisputable proof that that help was being continued. If the two Internationals were unable to give to the Spanish people more concrete assistance then the Spanish Government would be crushed, and the problem as it existed in Spain today would pass to other countries.
Referring to their suggestion that representatives of all anti-Fascist organisations might be invited to attend the Conference, he said that they realised the unity of the Internationals must be maintained, and they were not asking that the I.F.T.U. should change its present policy. He did not think that greater results would be obtained from such a joint conference than could be obtained from a conference confined to the L.S.I. and I.F.T.U. In Spain, however, it was seen that there was only one country sending definite assistance to the Spanish Government, and this fact was making a very great impression on the people, and making