Langile Abertzaleen Batzordeak

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Langile Abertzaleen Batzordeak (LAB, Basque for "Nationalist Workers' Committees") is a Basque left-wing nationalist and separatist trade union[1] operating mainly in Spain currently led by Ainhoa Etxaide.

It was created in 1974 by Jon Idigoras among others. They are part of the Basque National Liberation Movement, an aggregation of leftist Basque nationalist forces including the illegal paramilitary organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) and the illegal parties Batasuna and Segi. It is supported by around 45.000 affiliates.[2]

The union is legal and it is one of the four major of its kind in the Basque Country. In the last decades it has been working mostly with the other nationalist union, ELA, while both have been opposed often by the Spanish-wide trade unions, UGT and CC.OO., that make up their own bloc.


  1. ^ Faraldo, José M. (2010), "Spain: The Common Experience of Transition and a Military Coup", Solidarity with Solidarity: Western European Trade Unions and the Polish Crisis, 1980–1982 (Lexington Books): 54 
  2. ^ 'LAB será un pilar fundamental en los cambios políticos y sociales', Gara, June 17 2012