The Christian Trade Unions Confederation of France (C.F.T.C.) has reaffirmed in its national congress last month its inability to form part of the French Trade Union Confederation (C.G.T.).
A second invitation had been sent, following the first refusal last year.
In its refusal the C.F.T.C. explained again its view that " pluralism constitutes, in principle, one of the truest guarantees of the normal functioning of democracy, and it justifies itself, in fact. wherever organised workersare inspired by different philosophic and social conceptions."
Christian trade unionism, it was further explained, is inspired by the funda• mental principles and traditions of Christian civilisation,which it holds to be the guarantee of a fraternal social order and of the dignity and security of the workers. Christian trade unionism is further opposed to materialist doctrines and totalitarian systems; whichever they May be. It declares' that the fathers of families among the workers, just as with people of other social conditions, should he able effectively to have the education of their choice given to their children.
The C.F.T.C.'s refusal to be absorbed into the " unity of the French working-class movement" is considered a great disappointment, for the C.G.T. is insistent that this "unity " should be estahlisbed. The C.F.T.C. prefers an alliance and common programme where labour questions are at stake.