The Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) held its 10th Congress from 4th to 8th December 2010 in the city of Cordoba.
A little history
The origins of today's CNT can be found in the final years of Franco's regime and the early years of the political transformation of the Spanish State into the current parliamentary monarchy in the mid-1970s.
“Revolutionary syndicalism serves the proletariat, whereas anarchism is one brand of humanism” - interview with Juan Garcia Oliver
Chapter 11 from Augustin Souchy's autobiography, Beware! Anarchist: A Life for Freedom.
The municipal elections of April 14, 1931 were followed by a drastic change in the political panorama of Spain. The Republicans won a majority, an unmmistakable writing on the wall for the military government. The king fled, the monarchy disintegrated, the republic was victorious. All this in one day and without bloodshed.
A practical proposal for implementing anarchosyndicalism in Spain in 1936.
D.A. de Santillan was a leading figure amongst the anarchist revolutionaries during the Spanish Revolution 1936-1939.This traveler, journalist, editor and economist, who suffered imprisonment for fighting the old regime, was asked by the CNT at the height of Spain's revolutionary fervor to help outline and flesh out the new world being built.
A short biography of Spanish anarcho-syndicalist and anti-fascist guerilla fighter Basiliso Serrano Valero, a.k.a El Manco de La Pesquera.
Basiliso Serrano Valero was born on Wednesday, April 15, 1908 in the municipality of La Pesquera, as the fifth child of Francisco Serrano and Rosario Valerio. The family was poor like most in the area, and after his father's untimely death, young Basiliso would have an early awakening to the harsh life of the Spanish working class.
CNT celebrates a 100 years of existence. It's the centennial of a people and the invaluable fights of thousands of people who during these 100 years have given the international working class an exemplary tool to be followed, through its own culture, self organizing capacity, radical tactics, popular extension and revolutionary actions with the aim of building an anti-authoritarian and mutually supportive society.
On November 1, 1910, in the Fine Arts Center of Barcelona, the CNT - Confederación Nacional de Trabajo in Spanish or the National Confederation of Labor - was founded. This organization, successor to the Spanish chapter of the 1st International (1870), was born in the workers movement as the first independent union organization in Spain.
Wayne Thorpe analyzes the international policies and endeavors of the syndicalist movement before and after the First World War, relations among national syndicalist organizations, the origins of the International Working Men's Association (founded in 1922), and the collective syndicalist response to rival forms of labour organization.
Letter from Italian anarchist Camillo Berneri to anarchists in the Spanish Government during the revolution.
It was my intention to address myself to all you comrade ministers, but once the pen was in my hand, I addressed myself spontaneously to you alone and I did not wish to go against this instinctive impulse.