Sir Walter Citrine.
OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
9, AVENUE D'ORSAY, 9. - PARIS - VIIe - TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS : INTERFED, PARIS
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Wednesday, 13th January 1937
Relief Work for Spain.
What the International is Doing for Spain.
From Various Countries:
Denmark: Steady Development of the Danish National Trade Union Centre.
France: Application of the Forty-hour Week in France.
Norway: Meeting of the General Council of the Norwegian National Trade Union Centre: Observance of Collective Agreements (Freedom of Association), Work of Married Women, Amalgamations.
Sweden: Meeting of the General Council of the Swedish National Trade Union Centre: A Million Kroner for Spain; Trade Unions - Party; Extension of the Trade Union Press, Superannuation of Trade Union Officers.
Chronology of the Week 1st to 7th January, 1937: Yugoslavia (Little Entente), Germany / Italy / Spain, Italy / Bulgaria / Great Britain, France (Hours of Work), Non-intervention Agreement, Spain.
Belgian Workers' Educational Centre Celebrates its Twenty-fifth Anniversary.
Swedish Statistics on Wages and Hours.
RELIEF WORK FOR SPAIN.
What is the International Doing for Spain?
(IFTU) As the vanguard in the fight for democracy and republican liberties, the internationally organised workers, and the free Trade Unions in particular, had first of all the moral duty, as soon as the rising of the Spanish generals broke out, to advocate that the legal Spanish Government should have the unrestricted right to defend itself, which was clearly and categorically expressed in the first declaration of the two Internationals issued after the 19th July. As far as their own independent campaign is concerned, the International Labour Movement has never swerved from this line. The material task of the Internationals, which they have performed with the same energy, was the obvious corollary on the moral duty. They took the view that the non-intervention agreement of the governments, which was said to be necessary in the interests of peace, should not exclude the solidarity of free people, who are not to be found in the Fascist countries.
As far as indirect help is concerned, the internationally organised workers and the members of each individual organisation, who have provided the financial means from their own pockets, have no cause to conceal what has been done. At a time of deepest crisis, after numerous collections, which had already strained the individual worker's resources to the utmost, the collection for Spain, made under the direct auspices of the International Solidarity Fund, has up till now brought in a total of £82,400, coming from the following countries: Great Britain £22,222, United States £21,000, Sweden £12,100, Belgium £9,500, Denmark £6,000, Holland £4,000, Norway £2,700, Czechoslovakia £1,100, Palestine £1,000, Australia £300, South Africa £255. Smaller amounts have also been received from New Zealand, Canada, Luxemburg, Finland,