MEETINGS OF REPRESENTATIVES OF I.F.T.U. EXECUTIVE AND L.S.I. BUREAU, HELD IN THE MAISON DU FAUBOURG, GENEVA, 16th & 17th JUNE, 1937.
CHAIRMAN: Mr. L. de Brouckere.
Meeting, Wednesday 16th June, 1937.
To this meeting there had been invited to attend the Presidents and Secretaries of the two Internationals, with representatives from France and Great Britain, in order to meet the Spanish comrades, and at their request.
Present: For the I.F.T.U. Messrs. Hayday, Jouhaux, Schevenels (General Secretary).
For the L.S.I.: Messrs. de Brouckere, Gillies, Longuet, Zyromski.
For the Trade Unions: Messrs. Pascual Tomás, Vidal Rossell, Rodriguez Vega.
For the Socialist Party: Mme. Palencia, Mr. F. Azorin.
There were also present: Messrs C Mertens & Bondas (Belgium) W J Bolton
AZORIN of the Spanish Socialist Party was the first speaker. He said the situation in Spain was serious. There was not only the case of Bilbao, but also the bombardment of Almeria. He thought there were a few questions to be examined, one the question of common action with the Communists, then, the question of non-intervention. Almeria had been a case of direct intervention. Endeavours were being made to force public attention on the bombing of the "Deutschland" itself, and to put things in such a way as if Spain were responsible for the Almeria bombardment. He referred to the White Book, and the speech of del Vayo at the League of Nations. The governments have listened, and said and done nothing. Bilbao was another case of intervention. Troops and arms from abroad have arrived in the Basque country recently. The Spanish comrades want something more than a platonic declaration, although they do not doubt the sincerity of the sentiments of their colleagues, and are grateful for all that had been done in the way of expressing their solidarity. The base of the question was the problem of the war. He concluded by saying, "The solution depends more upon you than upon us."
De Brouckère said that there were two questions. In London they had stated that, if within some weeks the result of non-intervention as regards control, were not satisfactory, then the working class would have to use their force to end the farce. The second question had connection with the Communists.
TOMAS expressed the opinion that the question of working with the Communists should be taken first. A communication had been sent by Dimitrov about common action. They must see whether they could take action on it.
This course was AGREED TO.
ZYROMSKI said that they had already discussed the question of unity of action in the L.S.I. Bureau. The question now, he thought, should be examined with particular attention because of new elements in the situation. They must take into account the difficulties in such countries as Holland, Scandinavia, England, etc., but they must also bear in mind