MEETING OF SOLIDARITY FUND COMMITTEE IN PARIS, 29TH SEPTEMBER, 1936.
Meeting called at request of Hicks, Great Britain.
Comrade Adler in the Chair, representing the L.S.I. together with representative from Belgium. The Dutch comrade tendered apology having been summoned to return home.
Comrades Tayerle, Meister, Hicks and Stoltz were representing the I.F.T.U.
Report of Delegation to Spain was submitted.
Hicks stated that some anxiety existed in Great Britain,
(1) As to whether the fund was being used exclusively for the supply of goods to meet the humanitarian needs of the victims of the Spanish Civil War. It had been suggested that some of the money had been used to supply arms and for munitions to the Government Forces. It was necessary that a clear statement in regard to this matter be made.
(2) It had been stated that whatever relief had been despatched that so far as any railwaymen were concerned, they had not in any way received help. This was a matter of deep importance to Unions in Great Britain as those who had subscribed were under the impression relief was general and no discrimination shown.
(3) That the amount of help distributed appeared small considering the time that had elapsed and the amount in hand. Further it made it difficult to make further appeals for subscriptions until those matters had been cleared up.
Comrade Adler stated he was in charge of the Fund in the absence of Comrade Schevenels who was in America and was not expected back until the end of October.
(1) As to the money subscribed there had been consideration given to the place and country where it should be deposited.
Accounts were open in Paris.
Denmark had stated it was difficult for them to send money because there had been reactionary parties and elements who had been wanting help sent to the Rebels. The position had now changed and Denmark was now to send direct to our Solidarity Fund.
The position in France had been different. They had received from French comrades only 50,000 French Francs whereas the funds collected in France to help Spanish Comrades had now reached over 3,000,000 French Francs.
Comrade Stoltz stated that the International Solidarity Fund was worth about 3,000,000 French Francs, mostly from the Trade Unions.