PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL I.F.T.U. & L.S.I. CONF.
September 13, 15, & 16, 1937.
TRADES UNION CONGRESS
TRADES UNION CONGRESS.
JOINT MEETING OF I.F.T.U. EXECUTIVE AND L.S.I. BUREAU, HELD IN C.G.T. OFFICES, PARIS, ON SEPTEMBER, 13, 15 and 16, 1937.
A joint meeting of the Executive Committee of the I.F.T.U. and the Bureau of the L.S.I. met in Paris on the 13th, 15th and 16th September, 1937 at the request of the Spanish comrades.
The British representatives in attendance were Sir Walter Citrine (who was unable to attend on 13th, but presided at the later meetings), Dr. Hugh Dalton, M.P., and Mr. W. Gillies.
The Spanish T.U. Centre and Socialist Party were represented by Caballero, Tomás, Araquistain, Peña and Azorin, Cordera.
CABALLERO said he regretted that it had not been possible to hold the meeting earlier, as it was felt that it was now too late to realise the real purpose for which they had asked that the meeting be held, namely, that action be taken with a view to exercising an influence on the decision of the League of Nations in its consideration of the Spanish question.
Turning to the situation in Spain, Caballero said that what the Spanish Government needed more than ever was arms and munitions, and he asked that the two Internation[al]s should do everything possible to influence democratic countries to authorise the free trade of arms to the Spanish Government. He also asked that efforts should be made to secure the withdrawal from Spain of Italian and German troops, and emphasised that if the