PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL. I.F.T.U. EXECUTIVE - SPAIN.
7-8 December 1937.
TRADES UNION CONGRESS.
SUMMARISED REPORT OF MEETING OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF I.F.T.U. WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SPANISH TRADE UNION MOVEMENT ON THE QUESTION OF THE DIFFICULTIES EXISTING IN THAT MOVEMENT. HELD IN PARIS, ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, 7th and 8th DECEMBER, 1937.
Sir Walter Citrine (President).
W. Schevenels (Gen. Secretary).
G. Stolz (Ass. Secretary).
Largo Caballero. Ramon Pena.
Pascual Tomas. Jose Vega.
- Llopis (Interpreter) - Jenova.
- Pretorceille (Interpreter).
CITRINE: said they were all aware that something very much like a division had taken place in the Spanish Trade Union Movement, and the I.F.T.U. had been requested by representatives of both parties to the dispute to regard their particular group as being representative of the Spanish Trade Union Movement. That, however, was not an issue upon which the Executive of the I.F.T.U. had felt they could make any pronouncement until they had had an opportunity of hearing first hand what the differences were, and before taking any step whatever the I.F.T.U. had considered it desirable to explore, in conjunction with their Spanish comrades, the possibility of resolving those difficulties.
The Executive, as such, had not considered any method of procedure, and he therefore suggested that he should ask Caballero to open the proceedings with a statement embracing such matters as he considered relevant to the subject under consideration, after which any other comrades associated with Caballero would be at liberty to supplement such statement. The same procedure would apply in the case of Pena and his fellow delegates. It might then be possible for the Executive to indicate the subsequent procedure. He asked that there should be a full and frank discussion.