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r Apptoved For Release 1999/09/09 : CIA-RDP82-00457R002600440002-7 25X1A9a COUNTRY Chile ULASSU-IUAI ION CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT SUBJECT Relation of CGT and CTCh, Chilean Labor25X1Q2g 25X1A6a PLACE ACQUIRED Organizations REPORT NO. CD NO. 25X1A2g DATE DISTR. l l .I'0. OF PAGES 2 NO. OF ENCLS. (LISTED BELOWI SUPPLEMENT T REPORT NO. 25X1A2g 1. Available information tends to indicate that the previously reported attempts* to arrange an agreement between the Confoderacion General de Trabajadores de Chile (CGT) and the Socialist and Comrmvnist factions of the Corifederacion de Trabajadoreb de Chile (CTCh) have reached an impasse. Certain Communist labor leaders allegedly still have hopes of reaching a working agreement with the CGT leaders, however. 2. A series of meetings has been held by the Chilean Comriunist labor leaders and CGT officials. The most frequent CTCh Cornunista delegates to these neetings have been Denigno Lopez Gonzalez, Guillermo Sanchez Alarcon, and Guillermo `'anchoz T oz. 3. Benigno Lopez Gonzalez, the director of the 12adeco Industrial Syndicate, was eliminated from the electoral rolls by Supreme Decree No. 21243 of 4 January 1949. On 15 January he appealed to the courts and on 28 January 1949 the court decided that he was not a Communist. However, he is a member of the Party and a source of constant difficulty to the Madeco Company. Guillermo Sanchez Alarcon and Guillermo "anchez =2u1oz are also members of the Party. The latter was formerly sub-secretary and recording secretary of the CTCh Comunista, 40 5o Though agreeing in principle on the necessity of forming a now national labor organization under the tentative name of Central Unica do Trabajadorea de Chile,, the delegates of the CTCh Comunista and the delegates of the CGT have been unable to reach an agreement because of the CGT refusal to permit any'Communists on the board of directors of the proposed new labor organization. The CGT leaders are convinced that the Communists need CGT support and may be forced to accept their demands. As yet, however, the Communists have refused to join any new national labor organization as ordinary members. They contend that the Communists in such a new organization would far outnumber the total membership now belonging to the he CGP leaders have also made overtures to the rocialist faction of the CTCh, ossible, because of the inflexible attitude of the~CGT directors. ^v DISTRIBUTION I Doou nbWK& TkM ID NAVY T AIR C cc E f- Z w U 00 aU VZ:E 0 AAlfa p prove or a 9 tOr ILv CLASSIFICATION t l 4E a!;~,_ Date: :`"Y.16 By s Approved For Release 1999/09/09 CIA-RDP82-00 57R002600440002-7 L CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENC! -2.. 25X1A2g 7. The main basis of contention is the demand of the CGT leaders that only its own members should hold directive positions within the proposed new Central Unica do Trabajadores do Chile. Another factor working against an agreement Is the COT Is insistence that any new national labor organization in which the CGT participates must be essentially of a non-political nature. Prior to its breakdown into Communist and Socialist factions, the CTCh played an important role in Chilean political life. Both the Socialist and Communist labor leaders are reluctant to give up the chance of regaining the political influence which they realize may be theirs through the formation of a new and powerful labor. organization. 9. There are indications that the CGT maintains contact with the Federacion Obrera itegional Argentina? but the exact nature of this contact and mode of liaison is not known at present. Approved For Release 1999/09/09 : CIA-RDP82-00457R002600440002-7