INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
9, AVENUE D'ORSAY, PARIS-VIIe
TELEPHONE INVALIDES 45-88
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE :
President: W. M Citrine. Great Britain
Vice-Presidents: H. Jacobsen, Denmark ; L. Jouhaux, France ; E Kupers, Holland; Corn. Mertens, Belgium; R Tayerle, Czechoslovakia
General Secretary : W Schevenels
DUTCH EAST INOIES
Letter F.I de Sol
17th September 1938.
Mr. Walter M. Citrine,
Dear Comrade Citrine,
INVITATION TO BRITISH WOMEN TO SPAIN
In reply to your letter of the 15th September, under this heading, I regret not being able to give you the precise information you require. I do not know either of the two bodies concerned in the invitation - the Liaison Committee (Comité de Enlace) of the UGT and CNT Unions in Catalonia, and the Women's Sections of the Catalonian Iron and Steel Trade Unions - nor do I know the exact purpose of the invitation, except what is generally known about invitations to visit Spain. The Spanish comrades are very keen to have as many visitors as possible from different countries, for the purposes of propaganda, but sometimes, as you know, delegations have been exploited by those bodies in Spain which are under very strong Communist influence and used to support Communist propaganda for the international unity slogan.
I do not know whether this invitation has been issued with the approval of the UGT, but I am at once asking them about it, and will write to you again as soon as I have a reply.
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