Make sure Palestine stays on agenda, says Norwegian labor activistEarlier this year the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign organized a fringe meeting at the Scottish Trade Union Congress about how labor activists can support the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The meeting took place just after the STUC had voted to endorse the campaign against G4S, a security company that helps Israel run prisons, where Palestinians political prisoners are held.
One of the speakers at the fringe meeting was Eddie Whyte, a trade union activist with Fagforbundet, the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees. Fagforbundet is Norway’s largest trade union with more than 330,000 members and 500 local union branches.
Whyte spoke about an exciting and effective model of building meaningful solidarity with Palestine that has been developed within his union in recent years. Under a scheme called the Ambassador Corps for Palestine, trade union activists travel to Palestine and help build solidarity campaigns within the union upon their return.
Whyte was a delegate to the recent annual conference of Landsorganisasjonen i Norge (LO), the Norwegian congress of trade unions, which passed a strong policy statement in support of Palestine and BDS campaigning.