TRADUNIC, SOWEST, LONDON.
Trades Union Congress
SIR WALTER CITRINE, K.B.E.
TO WHOM ALL COMMUNICATIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED.
OUR REF.: HVT/FC/135
YOUR REF.: Secretary's.
30th November, 1938.
In reply please quote:-CIR. NO. 37.(1938-39).
TO SECRETARIES OF ALL AFFILIATED UNIONS.
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY FUND - HELP FOR SPAIN.
Since Congress considered the above matter in September reports make it clear that the food problem in Government Spain is becoming increasingly serious and that this winter will be a critical period.
The General Council, at their meeting on Wednesday last, communicated with the Prime Minister whilst he was in Paris urging that belligerent rights should not be granted to the Spanish rebels. It is gratifying to know from press reports that this added danger to the starvation of the people in Government Spain is less imminent, but the plight of the people in their epic resistance still demands an intensification of our help.
The proposals for the assistance of Spain, approved by Congress (see pages 435 and 436 of the Blackpool Congress Report) are as follows:-
1. That a campaign be organised nationally and internationally in conjunction with the International Federation of Trade Unions and the Labour and Socialist International.
2. That, through these international bodies, the suggestion be made to their affiliated French organisations that the French and British Labour Movements make simultaneous approach to their respective Governments calling for the removal of the ban on arms.
3. That the campaign be linked with a further appeal for funds, and THAT THE ATTENTION OF THE EXECUTIVES OF AFFILIATED UNIONS BE SPECIALLY DRAWN TO THE SUGGESTIONS MADE TO AND BY CONGRESS IN REGARD TO THE NEED FOR EXCEPTIONAL EFFORTS TO BE MADE.
4. THAT AFFILIATED UNIONS REPORT, IN A PERIOD PRESCRIBED BY THE GENERAL COUNCIL, TO THE GENERAL COUNCIL THE NATURE OF THE MAXIMUM EFFORTS THEY CAN MAKE TO AID THE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY FUND.