Spain, as has generally been the case in every country, the workers’ movement has shown
two tendencias. One, the collaborationist one, and the other that admits no truck
whatsoever with the enemy.
this country of ours, it has been socialism with its trade-union offshoot, the UGT that
has played the classic role of reformists. It is a refuge for renegade workers, even of
infiltrators into workers' organisations whose sole purpose is to yoke the proletariat to
the cart of the bourgeoisie.
statements made by Indalecio Prieta during the Red biennium, on the occasion of the
railway men's strike, encapsulate the essence of collaborationism. They are notorious;
am a minister first, and then a socialist don Inda stated then.
Spanish revolution has suffered because of the reformists’ pemicious influence on its
direction. There has been no willingness to interpret the social, class meaning of the
class struggle that the CNT has always preached has been relegated to a secondary position
by a series of issues that have proved enormously prejudicial to the course of the
revolutions. Noting this relegation we must not only deplore this disfiguration of the
revolution, but also in organic terms the ground lost through the failure to keep strictly
to line of revolution on a class terrain and through having trampled Revolutionary
Syndicalism into the ground.
unions are the organs that genuinely articulate the workers' class feeling in their
eternal battle with capitalism. lf we relegate the unions to a secondary position, it
follows naturally that the interests of the proletariat will be prejudiced.
is to be deplored at all times. There must be no collaboration with capitalism whether
outside the bourgeois state or from within the govemment itself. As producers our place is
in the unions, reinforcing the only bodies that ought to survive a revolution headed by
struggle is no obstacle to workers continuing at present to fight on in the battefields
and working in the war industrias. But it is imperative to keep it in mind that we proceed
to each new initiative with a class sense, giving the unions the priority that is their
must be no other economic body outside the unions to restrict their powers. And the State
cannot be retained in the face of the unions-let alone bolstered up by our own forces. The
fight against capitalism goes on. Inside our own territory there is still a bourgeoisie
connected with the intemational bourgeoisie. The problem is now what it has been for
us keep the unions true to themselves. Let us keep to the line mapped out by the CNT in
its particular confrontation with our native bourgeoisie, as was always the norm up to 19
are allies of the bourgeoisie. who advocate such relations have no feeling for the class
struggle, nor have they the slightest regard for the unions.
must we accept the consolidation of our enemy’s positions.
enemy must be restricted. If ever faced with a hiatus we must never allow that social
deviation to develop into a position of open assistance to capital.
can be absolutely no common ground between exploiters and exploited. Which shall prevail,
only battle can decide. Bourgeoisie or workers. Certainly not both of them at once.
working class holds the future in its hands. We pariahs have nothing to lose and, on the
contrary, we can win our emancipation which is the destiny of the family of workers.
us break the shackles. Let us strengthen our unions. Let us keep the spirit of class