PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
I.F.T.U./L.S.I. Jt Mtg.
24th June, 1937.
TRADES UNION CONGRESS.
SITUATION IN SPAIN.
Joint Meeting of International Federation of Trade Unions and Labour and Socialist International.
The I.F.T.U. Executive and the L.S.I. Bureau held a joint meeting in Paris on the 24th June, 1937 with Sir Walter Citrine and Louis de Brouckere in the chair, when they examined the concrete proposals which were announced to be forthcoming by the Spanish comrades in Geneva on the 17th June. In addition to its President ( Citrine ), the I.F.T.U. was represented by Comrades Jouhaux, Buisson and Schevenels ( General Secretary ).
After a detailed discussion, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
"The Bureau of the L.S.I. and the I.F.T.U., meeting in Paris on June 24th, 1937, in view of the very grave situation created by the withdrawal of Germany and Italy from the international control scheme which discloses the dangerous intentions of international Fascism in its attacks upon Spain, declare that they adopt without qualification the following proposals submitted by the representation of the Spanish Socialist Labour Party and the Spanish T.U.C.:
that the moral solidarity towards the cause of Republican Spain which has been manifested on many occasions by the members and leaders of the aforementioned Internationals, and also the resolutions of London (March 3rd, 1937), and Geneva (June 17th, 1937), recognising the failure of the control system, require that the following action should be undertaken:
1. To bring pressure to bear by all possible means and without delay, upon the Governments, members of the League of Nations, in order that in accordance with the Pact, they assist the Spanish Government to recover its political and territorial independence.
2. To ensure the return to commercial liberty so that the Spanish Government — whose legitimacy is beyond dispute — may acquire the necessary arms for the defence of its territory and its rights.
3. To make the unquestioned obligations of solidarity towards the cause of Republican Spain incumbent upon all the members and all the responsible organisations affiliated to the Internationals.
The two Internationals call upon their affiliated organisations to carry out these directions with the utmost energy.
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