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October 27, 1924
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Cable letter from our Amsterdam Correspondent, B. de Vries

Important resolutions concerning immigration and emigration problems of workers were adopted by the Emigration Conference of the National Federation of Trade Unions held recently at Prague. Thirty-Seven delegates, representing Austria, Belgium. Czecho-Slovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy and Palestine, were present. Special attention was given to the emigration of Jewish workers. The Conference adopted the following resolution:

The Conference instructs the Executive of the I. F. T. U. to continue its research into this question, in order that a final solution may be reached as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the Conference considers that the following measures are necessary:-

1. The organization of the international labor market by regulating emigration and immigration.

2. Agreements between the various trade union national centres which are interested in the question, under the supervision of the I. F. T. U.

3. The establishment of equality of treatment of all workers, without distinction of nationality.

4. The conclusion of mutual agreements between countries of immigration and countries of emigration, these agreements laying down the rights and duties of the workers’ organizations in these countries.

5. Compulsory membership of immigrant workers in the organizations of the countries of immigration.

6. The collection of the I. F. T. U. of all the material obtainable on this question, and the distribution of this material to the affiliated countries by the I. F. T. U. in its publications.

7. The establishment in every country of national and district joint bodies, which shall undertake to regulate the recruiting and emigrating of workers: labor delegates must be appointed on these bodies.

8. The creation of an interntional office for Immigration and Emigration, which shall be competent to collect information and to give advice in all proposals for regulating emigration.

9. This international office should be connected with the International Labor Office.

In view of the urgency of the problem, the Conference calls upon the Executive of the I. F. T. U. to use the utmost despatch in settling the question, so that the national federations may have an opportunity of expressing their views, and some future conference may be able:-

a) to lay down guiding principles for regulating emigration and immigration;

b) to determine the constitution of the various bodies created to carry out the regulations.”

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