is time to be specific. We shall be so, with respect to each of the problems posed by the
regard to the problem of the war, we back the idea of the army being under the absolute
control of the working class. Officers with their origins in the capitalist regime do not
deserve the slightest trust from us. Desertions have been numerous and most of the
disasters we have encountered can be laid down to obvious betrayals by officers. As to the
army, we want a revolutionary one led exclusively by workers, and, should any officer be
retained, it must be under the strictest supervision.
insist that the war be directed by the workers. We have grounds aplenty for this. The
defeats at Toledo, Talavera, the loss of the North and Malaga point to incompetence and
lack of integrity in the govemment circles, for the following reasons:
North of Spain could have been saved if the war materials needed for resistance to the
enemy had been obtained. The means were there. The Bank of Spain had enough gold to flood
Spanish soil with weaponry. Why was it not done? There was time. We must remember that the
non-intervention controls did not begin to make their presence felt until the war in Spain
was already some months old.
in the conduct of the war has been disastrous. Largo Caballero's record is lamentable.
That the Aragon Front has not been given the arms its so needs is his fault. His
reluctance to arm the Aragonese sector has prevented Aragon from assuring her own
redemption from the clutches of the fascists. At the same time this could have taken the
pressure off the fronts around Madrid and the North. And it was Largo Caballero who
expressed the sentiment that sending arms to the Aragon Front was like handing them over
to the CNT.
are opposed to collaboration with bourgeois groups. We do not believe that the class
approach can be abandoned.
workers must not shoulder official posts, nor establish themselves in the ministries. For
as long as the war lasts, collabaration is permissible - on the battlefield, in the
trenches, on the parapets and in productive labour in the rearguard.
place is in the unions, in the work place, keeping alive that spirit of rebellion which
will bloom on the earliest occasion that presents itself.
must have no part of combinations devised by bourgeois politicians acting in concert with
foreign chancelleries. That would be tantamount to strengthening our enemies and
tightening the noose of capitalism. No more portfolios. No more ministries. Let’s get
back to the unions and the nitty-gritty of work tools.
us campaign for unity among the proletariat. But on the understanding that this unity must
be between workers, and not with bureaucrats or sinecurists.
present, an agreement with the revolutionary wing of the UGT by the CNT is a feasible
prospect. But we do not believe that an understanding is possible with the UGT of
Catalonia, or with Prieto's followers.
of the economy is crucial to victory in the war and progress in the revolution. The
present drift cannot continue. Nor should anyone believe there is any advantage in the
various centres of production operating to no co-ordinated pattern.
it has to be the workers who see that this is done.
should the business about religion come up for further discussion. The people have already
delivered its final verdict on that issue. Nonetheless, a tendency aimed at reopening the
churches, has emerged. Implementation of the law of freedom of worship and celebration of
masses lead us to the conclusion that those in Govemment have forgotten the days of the
must be strict rationing in the distribution of goods. That workers should go hungry while
hoarders find food in restaurants controlled by the working class is intolerable.
must be socialised and accompanied by rationing.
must go. The thousands of bureaucrats who have descended on Barcelona are one of the worst
plagues ever visitad on us. In place of a bureaucrat, there ought to be a worker. And by
bureaucrat we mean any cafe layabout.
suppression of the bureaucracy.
rates of pay must go immediately. it is scandalous that where militiamen are earning ten
pesetas a day, the bureaucrats are taking home such huge wages. Azana and Companys are
still drawing the same salary as before.
want to see the introduction of the family wage. And an end, once and for all, to this
must be the people who administer justice. We cannot countenance the false practice that
has grown up in this regard. There has been a drift away from the early class tribunals to
courts made up of career magistrates. And we are going back to the way things used to be.
Now they are doing away with the juries.
justice belongs to the workers alone.
must be progress towards socialisation of the farming industry in Spain. The sabotaging of
the collectives has harmed agriculture enormously and has favoured speculation. Contact
between town and countryside will bring the peasants closer to the proletarian class. And
the mentality of the farn worker used to tilling his own particular plot will be changed.
any other activity in the country that falls under the headings social, cultural or
economic, cultural problems are the indisputable province of the workers. it was they who
set the pattem of this new era.
order will be enforced by the workers. We insist that the uniformed corps, which are no
guarantee of revolution, be dissolved. The unions must supply the men whose task it is to
guard the new order we wish to implant.
to foreign policy, we shall accept no armistice; and, when it comes to propagandising our
revolution, we are of the view that that work must be done among the production centres
abroad; not in any chancelleries, let alone any cabals.
must speak to the workers abroad in the language of revolution. So far the vocabulary of
democracy has been employed. lt has to be brought home to the workers’ organisations, to
everyone, that they must act: to sabotage fascist production: to refuse to load raw
materials or war materials for the assassins of the Spanish people. And that they must
demonstrate in the streets, to demand fair treatment by their govemments for the cause we
defend, which is the cause of the world’s proletariat.