D. [Daily] Worker 9 Sept 1937
Pungent Sir Walter
In reporting the T.U.C. debate on Spain yesterday the Daily Herald wrote: "But as Sir Walter Citrine pointed out in a pungent reply, the criticism came mainly from representatives of unions which had done especially little to help the efforts which the General Council had organised."
Now if Sir Walter did say that, it may be worth while to bring some facts to his notice.
At the beginning of this year the South Wales Miners' Federation decided to raise £6 a week for the Dependents' Aid Committee. In March this sum was raised to £12 a week.
In addition to this, one of its executive members, Will Paynter, is fighting with the International Brigade, and his seat is being kept open for him until the next election.
Not So Bad
Nor is this by any means all that the S.W.M.F. have done. For instance, last September £200 was sent to the General Council Fund, and on July 18 last £280 was collected for the Dependants' Aid, in addition to the £12 a week that was being already sent. Again, between three and four hundred pounds have been sent from separate miners' lodges.
The Furnishing Trades Association are not, of course, a wealthy union. Nevertheless, one branch alone has collected £200, and many others have sent sums of £20 and £30 and so on to the Dependants' Aid and other funds.
In fact, the unions in question have not done so "especially" badly for Spain as Sir Walter's reported words would lead one to suppose. Perhpas he will even tell us who have done better.
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