General Confederation of United Workers

General Confederation of United Workers

 

(Spanish, Confederación General de Trabajadores Unitarios [CGTU]), a Spanish trade-union central organization, established in 1932 on the initiative of the Communist Party of Spain by trade unions that had been expelled at various times by the reformist Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) and the anarcho-syndicalist Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT). After the October Clashes of 1934, close contacts were established between the Confederación General de Trabajadores Unitarios (CGTU) and the UGT; in order to unite the forces of the Spanish proletariat, the Communist Party of Spain advocated a merger of the CGTU with the UGT. In December 1935 the CGTU (150,000 members) did merge with the UGT (about 500,000 members). This was one of the stages in organizing the Popular Anti-Fascist Front (January 1936) in Spain.

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