British unions stop cooperating with Israel

PressTV –  Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:30AM GMT

The British trade unions have supported a plan calling for a review of ties with Israeli trade unions in a bid to condemn the illegal occupation of Palestinian Territories.


At its annual conference, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) supported a proposal that requires the British trade unions to put an end to cooperation with Israel’s national trade union federation Histadrut.

The proposal was at the core of an amendment to a motion on the Middle East proposed by Unite the Union.

The amendment which was proposed by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) “calls on all unions on the basis of this policy to review their bi-lateral relations with all Israeli organisations, including Histadrut.”

Deputy General Secretary of the PCS, and Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Hugh Lanning, said, “Today British trade unions have decided not to buy into the Israeli occupation – not to buy goods from firms or work with organisations complicit with Israel’s illegal occupation, settlements and wall.”

“Israel must be made to honour international law. The UN, Obama and the EU should be making Palestine a reality not blocking their freedom,” he added.

Lanning asserted that companies that have been accomplices to Israel in its crimes against innocent Palestinians have paid the price.

“Agrexco, infamous for exporting produce from Israel and the illegal settlements, has gone into liquidation [and] Veolia has lost contracts worth millions of pounds. It is time for companies and organisations to recognise that they must end their complicity with occupation and war crimes,” said Lanning.

Lanning stated that the TUC has played a significant role in putting an end to the apartheid in South Africa and today the British unions are “supporting peace and justice, and opposing racism and apartheid.”




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