Swiss Communist Party
Source: Communist Unity Convention: Official Report
Date: September 1920
Publisher: Communist Party of Great Britain
Transcription/Markup: Brian Reid
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We are in receipt of your invitation to attend your Convention. As it is impossible for us to send a delegation we think it is our duty to send a short report of the attitude of our Party.
The Swiss Communist Party during the last few years has developed with rapid strides all the revolutionary forces among the workers, and is the only revolutionary organisation in Switzerland that clearly and firmly represents the Third International. The official organ of the Swiss Communists appears twice weekly, and numberless propaganda leaflets and publications are distributed.
In regard to the question of Parliamentary action, we do not dogmatise, nor do we completely dispense with same. At our last Conference the Party laid down the following policy:—
In all trade unions, Communist groups are to be formed whose duty it is to influence the Workers’ Committees and to organise same when not already in existence, also to organise the workers in a systematic way preparatory to taking over production and dealing with all social questions, affecting the whole country.
The Party consider it absolutely necessary that the proletariat should be especially enlightened upon the great power of united mass action. The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland, which is in the sharpest opposition to our party, is small in numbers. The left wing of this party, however, favours affiliation to the Third International. During recent months attempts have been made by this section to bring about unity with the Swiss Communist Party. For this purpose it is absolutely necessary that they should break completely with the counter-revolutionary elements in the Social-Democratic Party.
What the result will be it is still too early to say. The Moscow Congress will decide many problems that affect our country.
In the meantime the Swiss Communist Party will continue its fight under the Red revolutionary flag.
The Revolutionary Proletariat of Switzerland send their British comrades the best international greetings.
For the Executive of the Swiss Communist Party,