International Working Men's Association

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International Working Men’s Association


(also called the Berlin International of Trade Unions), an international anarcho-syndicalist association founded at a conference of anarcho-syndicalists held in Berlin from Dec. 25, 1922, to Jan. 2, 1923. Representatives from Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden attended. It did not enjoy much influence. In the early 1930’s its total membership was only about 300,000. The leaders of the association, who took an anticommunist stand, opposed any united actions by workers of different political tendencies. After World War II several meetings and conferences of the association were held in France, attended by representatives of various isolated anarcho-syndicalist groups in Spain, France, and several other European and Latin American countries.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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