While the Force Ouvriere developed independently of involvement of the FTUC, their break away from the Confederation generale du travail (CGT) was made possible because of the funds from the FTUC via the CIA.
The FTUC was involved in the initial work in developing relations between the CIA dominated National Committee for a Free Europe (NCFE) and the Center-in-Exile and in setting up Radio Free Europe.
The third section focuses on this last case of the FTUC'S work with the NCFE, which Hughes identifies as the source of tension that led to the demise of their alliance.
Australian unions condemned the arrest and ACTU President Ged Kearney wrote to Prime Minister Julia Gillard to urge Australia to put maximum diplomatic pressure on Fiji to release Mr Urai and warn strongly against any attempt to arrest the FTUC
Secretary, Felix Anthony.
(16) It was agreed further that the independent work of the FTUC would be phased out, though only over a twelve month period, and that Lovestone would then transfer his employment to the AFL-CIO and work under the Director of International Affairs.
Millard wrote to Geddes of a new direction in international affairs, especially "the definite moves being made toward putting all their international eggs in the one ICFTU basket." (17) However, skeptics noted that the real question was whether or not the FTUC really would be wound up within twelve months or whether this apparent period of notice was really a device to buy time.
He also placed in context the decision to allow the FTUC twelve more months in which to operate.
Resisting the line that the ICFTU could be relied upon to wage an effective anti-communist policy, Lovestone worked hard to convince Meany that, in this respect, the continued existence of the FTUC was indispensable.
Initially Millard had indicated that he might accept Brown's appointment as a face-saving device for Meany, so long as it was understood that Brown worked for the ICFTU only and would not be running errands for the FTUC. (24) However, once installed as Regional Director, he decided that there could be no place in his department for Brown, and he chose instead Jay Krane, an American member of the ICFTU staff who had long-standing ties with the industrial wing of the AFL-CIO and was on good terms with the leadership of the British TUC.
The Americans agreed once again to discontinue the work of the FTUC, ostensibly ending their independent activities, with Lovestone brought directly under the control of the official International Affairs Department.