Mr. A. Deakin, 29th October 1940
Transport and General Workers' Union,
Smith Square, S.W.1.
Dear Mr. Deakin,
On July 8th you were good enough to send a cheque for £280 to enable further support to be given to the Spanish seamen still in this country. This was in response to a letter which we sent you on July 4th.
In March 1939, however, after a conference in this office with the British section of the International Transportworkers' Federation, the Trades Union Congress agreed to accept responsibility for the Spanish seamen who were then in the country on the understanding that a sum of £1,000 would be subscribed by the British section of the International Transportworkers' Federation.
It will be seen, therefore, that our letter of the 4th July was a request for a further amount over and above the grant which was agreed in March 1939. All the unions concerned have paid their quota, but in the case of the Transport and General Workers union I am not quite clear whether the cheque which we received on the 8th July was in payment of the second quota, or, on the other hand, whether it was sent in the light of our conversation in regard to the non-receipt of the first contribution.
The position, however, is that all the unions have now paid their quota on two occasions with the exception of your union. I know I have only to mention