Japan's War in China.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LABOUR DECLARATION.
29th September, 1937.
A special meeting of the National Council of Labour was held at Transport House today to consider the situation arising out of Japanese aggression in China.
A report was presented by the Labour deputation which saw the Foreign Secretary on this matter last Friday. After full discussion the Council decided to issue the following declaration:
"The National Council of Labour expresses its deep horror at the barbarous and systematic massacre by Japanese aircraft and submarines of the defenceless Chinese civilian population; declares that these shameful acts are a further aggravation of Japan's already grave offences against international law by her continuous policy of armed aggression against China welcomes the condemnation of Japan by fifty-two States at the Assembly of the League of Nations; calls upon the British Government to prohibit British citizens from selling war material or lending money to Japan, and to urge through the League of Nations that all other Members of the League should take similar action and also cooperate in an embargo on imports from Japan, at the same time taking into serious consideration the wider economic measures involved in bringing Japanese aggression to an end.
"It further calls upon the British Government to invite the Government of the United States to join in such action.
"The National Council of Labour appeals to the British Government to furnish medical supplies for China.
"The National Council of Labour asks all British subjects at once to express their detestation of Japanese barbarism by refusing to buy Japanese goods.
"It was agreed to communicate this declaration to the Labour Movements affiliated to the International Federation of Trade Unions and the Labour and Socialist International, and to the Labour Movements of the British Dominions and of the United States of America, inviting their support and co-operation in this policy."
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