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CATHOLIC TRADE UNIONS LEAVE DOOR OPEN

From Cecil Sprigge, Renter's Special Correspondent A congress of Catholic Trade Unionists held at Salerno concluded with a resolution described

as leaving the door ajar for a future understanding on the Trade Union terrain with the Communists.

The Catholics refrained from establishing a National " White" Confederation of Labourers. Their, final resolution falls into two pails

The first expresses the hopes that a publicly sec

egnised organ will be established for each craft charged with the wage bargaining., vigilance civet working conditions and the conduct of labour exchange business on behalf of a

that craft. It also advocates compulsory, arbitration.

The second part asserts the inalienable right for all of free Trade Union association.

It will be noticed that the first part of the resolution amounts to a cautious suggestion that certain aspects or the corporative system were worth preserving and should be restored. The second part emphasises the desire of Catholics to avoid inclusion in any System in which Trade Union unity is made the pretext, as it was by the Fascists, for the regimentation of all organised workers into a single political channel.

This cautious order of the day by Catholic Trade Unionists synchronises with the somewhat changed political situation resulting from Russia's sliplo-• made recognition the the Badoglio

Government.

Previously Communists and Catho Tics appeared to be making for a head-on collision, but front various signs it now seems that they are inclined to re-examine the field with a view to a working agreement.

In other words, the Action and Socialist Parties rather than the Communists, who'werc previously Badoglio's most violent detractors, appear now to be the standard-bearers of the opposition.




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