Cardiff Trades Council and Labour Party
Secretary : Councillor E. ALLAN ROBSON.
51. CHARLES STREET. CARDIFF.
3rd July 1936
Sir Walter Citrine, KBE
Trades Union Congress General Council,, Transport House, Smith Square, LONDON. S.W.l.
SPANISH SEAMEN'S STRIKE.
As you are of course aware, a number of Spanish ships have lain idle for some weeks in Cardiff and other British ports owing to the Stay in Strike of the Spanish Officers and Seamen manning those ships. We now learn that the Spanish Government is taking steps to repatriate these strikers and the men involved have appealed to this Council to use all its influence to see that no blacklegs are allowed to work these ships.
They state that if the ring is kept clear they will be able to win their fight for better wages and conditions, and that although they are being taken back to Spain they anticipate returning to this country and to the ships they leave here, having secured terms of employment acceptable to them.
We understand their position is strengthened by a General Strike having started among the tramp steamers in Spain and that on July 11th the strike will be extended to include the Transport Workers at all Spanish Ports. Apart from the question of Trade Unionism involved we gather that should any other seamen be foolish enough to take these ships back to Spain, they will be literally asking for trouble when they arrive in Spanish Ports.
This Council therefore decided to ask the T. U. C. General Council to make representations to the Spanish Embassy in the matter and also to ask the Trade Unions which might become involved, to inform their members that they must not on any account do any of the work of the Spanish Seamen on strike.
E. Allan Robson
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