The Unite union’s Gibraltar branch will today (Wednesday 14 November) receive a plaque in recognition of the union’s support for refugees who were forced to flee Spain to Gibraltar, during the Spanish Civil War.

During the Spanish Civil War over 10,000 refugees crossed the border at a time when Gibraltar’s population was just 20,000. The support and assistance the refugees received from the working class and trade unions principally the TGWU (now part of Unite), was in direct odds to the attitude of the local establishment, the church, the military and the chamber of commerce.

The plaque will be accepted by Unite’s Gibraltar branch chairman Christian Duo on behalf of Unite general secretary Len McCluskey. The presentation takes place this evening (Wednesday 14 November) at 19:00 at Casa de la memoria histórica la sauced, Calle Sevilla, 53, 11330 Jimena de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain.

Christian Duo said: “It is a great honour to receive this plaque in honour of the incredible sacrifices and support that trade unionists gave during the Spanish Civil War.

“International working class and trade union solidarity is as important today as it was in the 1930s in fighting right-wing elements both in Spain and throughout Europe.

“These threats were highlighted recently when the Spanish fascist group Vox went to great lengths to intimidate and insult ordinary Gibraltarian citizens at the land border.”


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Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.