Ferrol - Urban History
Workers of the Spanish Society of Shipbuilding (1931)

In 1890 universal suffrage for men arrived in Spain. At that time Ferrol played a pioneering role in Galicia's labour movement. Local sections of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) had just been established in the city, together with the Socialist General Workers' Union (UGT), and the anarchist union, the National Workers' Confederation (CNT). The leasing of Ferrol's arsenals to the Spanish Society of Shipbuilding meant the end of direct military control: at the same time it increased effective management and the freedom of trade union action. During the decade of 1910 there was strike after strike, and the Army and trade unions confronted each other openly on the streets. After the social peace imposed by the Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, the Second Republic brought a socialist mayor to the city, leading to improved conditions for workers.

Cadernos Ferrol Análisis, Empresa Nacional Bazán, 50 aniversario (1997), © Club de Prensa de Ferrol