Fédération Syndicale Internationale
International Federation of Trade Unions
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Sit. Espagne 151.
31st March, 1937.
I should be very much obliged for the reproduction in your paper of the three following notices about Spain.
THE WORKERS' INTERNATIONALS AFTER THE LATEST INTERVENTION in SPAIN.
STRONG REPRESENTIONS BY THE BRITISH TRADES UNION CONGRESS TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.
In the middle of February, 1937, the Non-Intervention Committee in London decided to extend the non-intervention agreement to the recruitment, transit and despatch of foreigners. On the 18th March, 1937, Eden, the British Foreign Secretary, had to admit in the House of Commons that an Italian vessel had arrived in Cadiz on the 5th March with an unknown number of men on board. This official evidence of Italy's open breach of the agreement was definitely confirmed by the statement of the Italian Government representative that no single Italian volunteer would leave Spain before the end of the civil war.
This is not the first breach of the agreement; there have been many others, some of the worst being the despatch of large numbers of aeroplanes from Italy and Germany to help Franco, (some of them having to come down in French Morocco on the 30th July, 1936), the shipping of Italian troops to the Balearic Islands, and the part played by Italian and German men-of-war in the bombardment of Malaga, Barcelona and other Government ports. But of all these infringements of the agreement, the latest is certainly the crassest and most synical.
How are the governments in the Non-Intervention Committee going to justify, in the eyes of the peoples, their passivity in the face of this new violation? They promise to take appropriate action as soon as there is evidence of a violation of the agreement. But this would not be the first time that the democratic Great Powers, the upholders of world peace and of the League Covenant, had given a promise and forgotten to keep it.
For this reason the latest representations made by the British Trades Union Congress to the British Foreign Secretary deserve special mention among other action taken by the forces of democracy in the other countries. In no uncertain manner, the British Trades Union Congress made very clear to the government the attitude of the British workers and demanded determined and logical action on the questions of supervision and of the recall of volunteers. It also demanded the support of the