INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
9, AVENUE D'ORSAY, PARIS-VIIe
TELEGRAMS : INTERFED-PARIS
TELEPHONE : INVALIDES 45-88
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: President: W. M. Citrine, Great Britain Vice-Presidents : H. Jacobsen, Denmark; L. Jouhaux, France; Corn. Mertens, Belgium; R. Tayerle, Czechoslovakia; General Secretary: W. Schevenels.
9th September 1936.
Mr. Walter H. Citrine, Royal Hotel, PLYMOUTH.
Dear Comrade Citrine,
As Comrade Hicks will have informed you, we decided here to send a delegation to Madrid, on behalf of the International Solidarity Fund, to set up a committee in Madrid and organise the relief work. I proposed that the two Secretaries should go to make the first arrangements with the Party and the Trade Unions, and that someone should be left in Madrid to get the work of the Committee going. But, as Comrade Adler is unable to go, his place will be taken by Comrade Delvigne, General Secretary of the Belgian Labour Party and a member of the LSI's Administrative Committee, and I will go on behalf of the IFTU. We shall be accompanied by Comrade John Price, Office Manager of the LSI, who will stay for a fortnight in Madrid to organise the work of th« Committee. The expenses will be borne by the respective Internationals.
I shall be leaving tomorrow, Thursday, evening, by train to Toulouse, by air from Toulouse to Alicante and by train from Alicante to Madrid.
The necessity for this delegation is emphasised by what I have learned to-day. To-day there was a meeting of the Co-ordination Committee of the League of the Rights of Man here in Paris, in which the Belgian delegate, Mme. Isabella Blume, stated that the person delegated to go to Madrid by the Belgian Committee - which is a joint body composed of various organisations - is a member of the International Red Aid. I see also that an International Red Aid delegation which has returned from Spain is to hold a press reception tomorrow, and I think that on our return we ought to arrange some meetings in order to stimulate the relief work for Spain.