Catholic members of the A.E.U. walked out of a mass meeting of the Union at Barrow-in-Furness last Tuesday in protest against Spanish propaganda.
Mr. Hugh Magee led the opposition on the ground that Spain was not on the agenda and that the meeting was called for business purposes.
He protested against a voluntary levy for the Spanish at a time when many members of the Union were in distress.
A CATHOLIC HERALD Special Correspondent present at the meeting describes the scenes below.
There was nothing to show that the Mass Meeting of members of the A.E.U. (Amalgamated Engineering Union) at Barrow-in-Furness was to be other titan normal. The handbills advertised nothing but ordinary business and members of the Executive Council were billed to he present.
When the meeting opened it was noticed that only J. C. Little, the National President, was present. Catholic members began to wonder, for Little's views on Spain which he has recentvisited on an invitation from Senor Negrin are well-known to them All went well at the beginning. The Report on the composite conference (employers' federation and A.E.U. executive representatives) was read by Mr. Rhodes, the Divisional Organiser.