PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
NOT TO BE PUBLISHED
N.C.L. 23. 1937-1938.
MINUTES of a MEETING of the NATIONAL COUNCIL of LABOUR held on October 25th, 1938.
158. FUTURE ACTION:
Mr Tewson reported the following proposals which had been submitted to and agreed upon by the Blackpool Trades Union Congress:
1. That a campaign be organised nationally and internationally in conjunction with the International Federation of Trade Unions and the Labour and Socialist International.
2. That through these international bodies, the suggestion be made to their affiliated French organisations that the French and British Labour Movements make simultaneous approach to their respective Governments calling for the removal of the ban on arms.
3. That the campaign be linked with a further appeal for funds, and that the attention of the Executives of affiliated Unions be specially drawn to the suggestions made to an by Congress in regard to the need for exceptional efforts to be made.
4. That affiliated Unions report, in a period prescribed by the General Council, to the General Council the nature of the maximum efforts they can make to aid the International Solidarity Fund.
5. That a report of the result of these efforts be made to all affiliated Unions as early as possible and any further suggestions invited, after which the whole position be again reviewed by the General Council.
Mr Tewson reported that these proposals had been under the consideration of the General Purposes Committee of the General Council, and that it was proposed that certain action should be taken in fulfilment of the instructions.
The previous appeal on behalf of the International Solidarity Fund, in which affiliated bodies had been invited to earmark their contributions for specific objects including Spanish Relief, had been prejudiced to some extent by the more recent appeal issued in aid of the Czech and Sudeten Refugees. It was difficult at the present moment to issue another appeal for Spain.