STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE CONFERENCE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF

THE EXECUTIVES OF THE SECOND AND THIRD INTERNATIONALS AND

THE VIENNA UNION

4 April 1922

 

Report of the Conference, p. 83

 

 


The Conference is agreed that, however desirable the unity of the class-conscious organisations of the proletariat may be, at the present moment the only thing that can be done is to hold deliberations between all the sections represented at the Conference for the purpose of common action towards a concrete goal. The Conference, therefore, proposes that the Executives should agree to the setting up of an Organisation Committee of Nine, which shall undertake preparations for further conferences of the three Executives, as well as conferences on a wider basis, to include parties which are not affiliated to either of the three international organisations. Each Executive is free to appoint as it thinks fit the three

representatives to whom it is entitled. In this Organisation Committee no majority resolutions will be allowed, its task will be to express the general point of view of the three Executives as far as this is declared.

The Conference recommends that this Organisation Committee should try to bring about conversations between the representatives of the Amsterdam Trade Union International and the Red Trade Union International, to consider the question

of how the maintenance and restoration of Trade Union unity of front can be secured, nationally and internationally.

The Conference notes the declaration of the representatives of the Communist International that the forty-seven Social-Revolutionaries who are to be tried will be allowed any defenders they wish; that, as already announced in the Soviet press before the Conference, no death sentences will be inflicted in this trial; that, as the trial will be public, representatives of all three Executives will be allowed to attend, to listen to the proceedings, and will be allowed to take stenographic reports for the information of their affiliated Parties.

The Conference declares that all the three Executives have expressed their readiness to collect and examine the material to be submitted by the different sections on the question of Georgia. The Conference authorises the Committee of

Organisation to draw conclusions from this examination, and to present a report to a later Conference of the three Executives.

The Conference notes that the representatives of the Second International have declared that they do not consider it possible to hold a general conference in April, that is to say, at the same time as the Genoa Conference. The Conference, however, agrees in principle upon the necessity for calling a general conference as soon as possible. The Executives undertake to inform their affiliated Parties of the progress

which the idea of a general conference has made during the Berlin negotiations, and they will give their representatives on the Committee of Organisation full power to conclude favourable negotiations for the calling of a general conference.

As the organisation of the general Conference is impossible this month for the reasons above stated, the present Conference declares that it is an imperative duty, in view of the advance of international imperialist capi-talism, to demonstrate the united will of the international class-conscious proletariat. The Conference, therefore, calls upon the workers of every country to organise great mass demonstrations, with as much unity as possible, during the Genoa Conference, either on the 20th of April, or, where this is technically impossible, on the first of May:

 

For the eight-hour day.

 

For the struggle against unemployment, which has increased immeasurably on account of the reparations policy of the capitalist powers.

 

For the united action of the proletariat against the capitalist offensive.

 

For the Russian revolution, for starving Russia, for the resumption by all countries of political and economic relations with Russia.

 

For the re-establishment of the proletarian united front in every country and in the

International.


 

 

Comintern

III. International