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2 ~\ COUNTRY Chile SUBJECT Attempts of the Confederacion General de NO. OF PAGES 2 Trabajadores to Organise New Labor Group PLACE ACQUIRED. DATE OF INFO 25X1 25X1 25X1 THIS DOCUU TCONTAta8110FORfATI PP!CTI WTMRNATONALDQPiNBIt OF THE ORFMO 6TASSf s!mim tiS SCADINO OP THE ssP10NASt ACT 10 U. I. t.,!t AIID 1!. AS AGSNDt D. as TQAWKWIDN On THE UrCLAtiON OP IT, CONTlsa tN ANT ttsNNSa to As ONAOTNOl1!!D PSSSON N Pao. mum 5T W. *SPSODDCT1ON OP THIS 9020 to "MMIL 25X1 25X1 CONFIDENTIAL 25X1 DATE DISTR. 16 Jarch 1049 NO. OF ENCLS. (LISTED MOW) SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO. THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION 1. In view of the apparent disint gration of the Confederacion do Trabajadores do Chile (CTCh), leaders of tta independent Confederation General do Trabajadores (COT) are e:zdeaviring to form a new national labor organiza- tion to be called Centritl Uni',a do Trabajadores de Chile. 2. On 23 December 1943, fifteen COT delegates traveled to Valparaiso to meet with labor leaders of the region.. Among those with whom contact was estab- lished were leaders o~ both Socialist and Cotrnmist labor unions belonging to the CTCh. 3. The CGT delegates Plvanoed the theory, that the time was ripe for the forma. tion of a labor or,anization which would confine itself strictly to the field of labor and take no active part in politics. Although most of the labor leaders consulted by the CGT delegates agreed that the CTCh is no longer an effective labor organization, no agreement on this question of the legitimate sphere of labor iotivities could be reached. There was no unity of opinion among the CTCh '.eadern as to what constituted labor interests as against political activities. The majority of the union leaders believed that only through union and political activities can any true progress be obtained by organized Chilean labor, 4. Marty of _ VSCh leaders who were approached demanded special advantages for their respective political parties within the framework of the proposed new national la:or organization. The CGT representatives refused these demands wherever May arose. 5. Because o' these difficulties'in reaching an agreement, the COT decided to establish coordinating committees in Valparaiso and Santiago which would be responsiile for reaching a working agreement with Communist and union rerresentatives. 6. It is roorted that the CGT has also decided to send out delegates to the norther. mining zones to try to attract the powerful mit-_ing groups to the pro. posed .maw labor organization. The identity of these representatives is not yet k.own, but it is believed that Pedro Nolasco Arratia Urrutia and Pedro Huigrmir will be included among the delegates. [STATE , CLASSIFICATION I Approved 2-00457FRNff3$0 6-9 INFORMA _ T CD NO. . CLASSIFICATION fBt This document Is hereby regraded to CONFIDENTIAL in accordance with the letter of 16 October 1978 from the Director of Central Intelligence to the Archivist of the United' States. Next Review Date: rovedF, CONFIDENTIAL CH DE Auth: H00 ?j20 LV l 25X1 C 25X1 Approved For Releas 0aB ~OIAUAMS2-00457RO025003'obobe-9 25X1' 25X1 CENTRAL IN i'ELL MIRE AGENCY 25X1 j 2M- t It is believed that the attempt of the. CGT to form a n?v national labor organization has only small possibility of succeeding, The CGT has long cooperated with both the Socialist and Communist factions of the CTCII, but only on matters pertaining strictly to labor. The CGT has never tried to hide its lack of sympathy for the purely political and per- sonally ambitious maneuverings of Socialist and Communist leaders in the CS"Ch@ CONFIDENTIAL 25X1 Approved For Release 299M #5! G+A R.1)PS2 00457R002500300006-9