Palestinian trade unions hold general strike, issuing call for solidarity to international labour movement
“Palestinian Trade Unions call for immediate and urgent action from international Trade Unions”, 22 May 2021
As Israel's settler mobs and occupation forces continue a campaign of violence and ethnic cleansing against … Palestinian workers bare the brunt of this violence and we are at the forefront of the struggle for our liberation.
This week, Palestinian activists and trade unions held a General Strike across historic Palestine…
In order to achieve our liberation, however, we require the solidarity of our comrades and friends in the trade union movement internationally. As Israel escalates its attacks and brutality we need this solidarity more than ever…
… The global trade union movement has always played a key and inspiring role in its courageous commitment to human rights and adoption of concrete, ground-breaking, labor-led sanctions against oppressive regimes. The trade union boycott of apartheid South Africa stands out as a bright example of this tradition of effective solidarity.
In the spirit of internationalism and solidarity, we are calling on trade unions to:
- issue clear public statements of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and express support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel to bring it in line with its obligations under international law.
- Participate in future general strikes called by Palestinian popular organisations and trade unions by holding protests and vigils on these dates.
- Take immediate and concrete steps to ensure that unions themselves are not complicit in supporting and sustaining Israeli oppression, e.g. by divesting pension funds from firms complicit in the Israeli occupation…