zaterdag 28 april 2012

Schotse Vakbondsfederatie steunt Palestijnse vrijheidsstrijd

From: Scottish PSC []
Sent: 25 April
2012 16:03
To: 'Scottish PSC'
Subject: Scottish TUC delegates join Palestine freedom struggle – unanimously!

Scottish TUC delegates join Palestine freedom struggle – unanimously!

The delegates to the Annual Conference of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), the umbrella group for every trade union in Scotland, today voted unanimously and repeatedly against Israeli apartheid. The 450 delegates voted to:
  • campaign to expose the role of the racist JNF (Jewish National Fund) in the Israeli apartheid system
  • support the participants in the Welcome to Palestine initiative who tried to travel peacefully to Palestine via Tel Aviv Airport
  • fully support the Palestinian-Brazilian call for the World Social Forum-Free Palestine in Brazil in November
  • support the Palestinian hunger strikers and the work of Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner support organisation.
Congress delegates congratulated the students for their work organising Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 events, and who initiated action in support of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, and called for support for the Scottish demonstration this Saturday 28th April in Edinburgh.

These decisions of the Scottish TUC in support of the Palestinian freedom struggle, by a union confederation representing half a million organised workers in every sector of the economy, will be widely seen as a continuation of the international solidarity the STUC also provided to the liberation struggle in South Africa. Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, named a city centre street after Mandela in 1986 while he was still on Robben Island. How long till there is a Palestine Square or Palestine Street in our major cities?
The full text of the resolutions – all passed unanimously:

Zie in Presidents Address de speech van Mike Kirby, STUC-president.
En tevens Scottish Secretary of UNISON the public services trade union. 
There is a growing apartheid elsewhere, in Palestine. …
… And whatever the challenges we face at home, these will not find resolution in a narrow national or domestic context. e European Trade Union Movement could play a critically important role, and we could play a greater role in that movement, in combating xenophobic nationalism.
By providing a clear vision, by organising, by arguing that good and fair employment rights, a well trained, competent, confident and valued workforce can benefit business, and in the sector which gave me employment for thirty six years, can put the ‘public’ in Public Services, that’s the type of place this labour and Trade Union Movement strives for, because we know that there Is A Better Way. …


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