Voluntary Industrial Aid for Spain
give two to four hours a week of your labour in reconditioning transport to help the suffering people in Spain?
Many are being shot in cold blood. Many are being hacked to pieces by Franco's Moors. Many are starving, because there is not enough transport to bring them food. One of the crimes of these people, in Fascist eyes, is that they belong to Trade Unions.
Any help which workers can give in reconditioning second-hand lorries and coaches and in fitting up motor-bicycle side-car ambulances would do much to relieve this suffering. If you are prepared to help�and every worker can help�read on, and then fill up the questionnaire at the end.
TRANSPORT FOR LIFE
In Spain whether you starve or not, whether you and your children sleep out night after night, whether the wounded are got back to doctors in time to prevent their wounds becoming infected, depends on transport.
There are, of course, transport jobs in Spain, where reliability is so vitally important that one new vehicle is of more use than two or three old ones. But, in hundreds of cases, two thoroughly reconditioned vehicles of the right type�reconditioned to stand conditions worse than on the Western Front in the last war�can save more lives than can one new one.
If you will give your labour, then two lorries or coaches can be sent where now it is possible to send only one. That means you can save two lives for every one that is being saved at present.
LABOUR AS WELL AS MONEY
Is it not sometimes overlooked that the main asset of the Labour movement is not its money, but its labour? The British contribution to the International Solidarity Fund is now �28,000. A good effort no doubt; but not enough to make appreciable difference to the misery of the Spanish people. For example, when Franco's Moors and Italians descended on Malaga, 40,000 families�as many as there are in many London Boroughs�dragged themselves, panting, along the road towards Almeria, 120 miles away, as far as Birmingham is from London. The ten British lorries that are in Spain, working all out, could help hardly two in every hundred.