The following is the text of the resolution adopted by the Trades Union Congress which was held at Norwich from 6th to 11th September, 1937:
"This Congress expresses its deep abhorrence of the murderous attacks on defenceless men, women and children in Spain by Franco's Fascists, aided by German, Italian, and Moorish forces. It further deplores the fact that the British and other Governments continue to deny the legal Government of Spain the right under international law to purchase necessary arms and equipment, thus affording support to the Fascist rebels.
"The Congress declares its complete solidarity with the Spanish Government in its new appeal to the League of Nations. The presence of a regular Italian army on Spanish soil is now officially and defiantly avowed by the head of the Italian Government. Acts of aggression against Spanish merchant ships and ships of other nations have been committed recently in different parts of the Mediterranean, by ships of the Italian Navy. It should be obvious that armed foreign intervention in Spain, which now endangers the freedom of shipping in the Mediterranean, threatens to disturb international peace. It is therefore the duty of the Council of the League of Nations to examine this problem in all its aspects and to propose measures, including the withdrawal of foreign troops from Spain, which will effectively safeguard the peace of nations and enable the Spanish people to recover their political independence."
Immediately after this, a joint meeting of the I.F.T.U. Executive and the L.S.I. Bureau was held in Paris, on 13th, 15th and 16th September, 1937, at the request of the Spanish comrades; the representatives of the Spanish T.U.C. and Socialist Party appealed to the members of the two Internationals to do everything possible to urge their respective Governments to:
secure the full restoration of commercial liberty to Republican Spain;
secure the withdrawal of Italian and German troops; and to
secure to Republican Spain the right to purchase arms for its defence.
The meeting unanimously adopted the following resolution:
"The I.F.T.U. and the L.S.I. have on various occasions, and particularly in their resolution of the 24th June last, laid down the common policy which they intend to pursue with a view to the restoration of international law in Spain and the maintenance of general peace by a resolute application of collective security.