woensdag 10 mei 2017

PSI-Congres 2017 - Public Services International

Ter herinnering: bijna vijf jaar geleden (in november 2012 te Durban, Zuid-Afrika) boekte de PSI succes voor Palestina door het aanvaarden van een 'desinvesterings-resolutie', via resolutie 49. Ook werd toen in resolutie 42 de BDS (Boycot, Desinvestering, Sancties) gesteund! 
- Zie op 6-12-2012 'Anan Qadri met ABVAKABO-sjaal op PSI-congres, en met steun van ABVAKABO FNV'.
- En ook https://bdsmovement.net/news/major-boycott-israel-victory-psi-congress-adopts-boycott-resolution
De Public Services International is de wereldwijde 'AbvaKabo', eigenlijk, met ongeveer op dit moment 20 miljoen leden in 154 landen. De toenmalige AbvaKabo-FNV steunde de 'desinvesterings-resolutie' en ging daarmee voortvarend aan de slag, zoals bekend (zie blog), tot haar overgang in de FNV in 2015. Daarna ???
Nu, bijna vijf jaar later, komt er dit najaar van 30 oktober t/m 3 november een nieuw PSI-Congres bijeen in Geneve, zie http://congress.world-psi.org/

Celebrating 110 years of Public Services International (1907-2017) in Geneva, Switzerland


Ook weer voor Palestina? En vooral: met de FNV?

De Palestina-resoluties staan hier  
- Pagina 50: 
- Pagina 54/55:

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012 

NOTES the following: 
a) That Israel continues to ignore or flaunt UN resolutions aimed at reducing conflict, and continues to use lethal force and occupations of land to marginalise the Palestinian population in the region.
b) That Israel continues to be a major recipient of US arms and development aid despite the fact that it frequently and unapologetically transgresses international conventions.
c) That given the armaments and political support that Israel receives from the US and its allies, this Congress rejects the notion that there is an equal responsibility between Israel and the Palestinian people for the continuation of the crisis, and that the aggressive and divisive character of Israel and its occupation remain major stumbling blocks in arriving at a peaceful settlement.
d) That there is a growing opposition within Israel of those who are no longer prepared to support a military solution of the crisis, and within the broader Palestinian community of those who have rejected minority action in favour of building popular mass-based campaigns.
e) The courageous and vital role played by the PSI regional organisation in supporting independent and democratic trade unionism, and providing support for workers in struggle.
f) That in many parts of the world, an understanding of Israel being an apartheid state has gathered momentum and not least in South Africa where the characteristics of an apartheid state, and the implications for the oppressed are understood, and not evoked without serious consideration of the facts.
g) The launch of the BDS campaign in Palestine, and the broad global support that it has gained over the last two years from a very wide range of organisations including trade unions.

This Congress further NOTES: 
h) That one of the principal aims of the BDS campaign is to draw attention to the systemic discrimination that takes place against Palestinians by Israel, and which have earned it the dubious title of being an apartheid state.
i) That attempts to impose a solution of any description on the peoples of Israel and Palestine are unlikely to succeed as long as there continues to be widespread discrimination and manipulation of the Palestinian people, including attempts to marginalise them.
j) That only a democratic, inclusive and non-sectarian approach can provide a lasting peace to the conflict, and this is conditional on the dismantling of all oppressive instruments, including legislative, military, political, social, economic and political barriers.
At the very least this must involve:
 Recognising the fundamental rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;
 Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties;
 An immediate end to Israel’s illegal settlements, and blockade on Gaza.
This Congress therefore RESOLVES: 
1. To endorse the BDS Campaign and support its associated activities including the annual Israeli Apartheid Week.
2. To share the activities of PSI affiliates in this regard, including campaigns to make every municipality/government department an Israeli Apartheid-Free Zone.
3. To continue to give maximum support to our PSI regional office (for North Africa and the Middle East) and its work to build representative, independent and democratic unions throughout the region including in Israel and Palestine.
4. To call upon all governments to acknowledge the divisive nature of the Israeli state and to argue for its isolation until it is prepared to dismantle its apartheid infrastructure in favour of democratisation and commit to abiding by UN resolutions.
5. To raise the demand in trade union and governmental forums for stopping the arming of the Israeli state by the United States of America and its allies.
6. To continue to speak out against all forms of discrimination including anti-semitism, islamophobia and other sectarian sentiments in favour of a secular and tolerant approach to the crisis in the region.


(Composite resolution based on Draft Resolutions No. 40, No. 41, No. 43 and the Amendment No. 15 to Resolution 
No. 40) The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012 
 PSI supports the belief that only when a sovereign, independent, democratic, contiguous and viable Palestinian state is created, living side by side with a secure Israel; there will be a chance for peace and stability in the Middle East.
 Essential to the long-term solution for peace is organised workers resistance and Congress resolves to continue to build links with both Palestinian and Israeli workers organisations supporting equality human rights and international law, stressing the need to take collective action and recognise their common interests to build unity and peace.
 PSI condemns all forms of injustice in breach of international law, but believes that the occupation of the West Bank, blockade of Gaza and existence of illegal Israeli settlements prolongs instability and violence in the region.
 Congress believes that the end of the isolation of Gaza would be an important step towards resolving the conflict and calls on the lifting of the blockage on Gaza and for Israel to end the occupation of the West Bank and to remove the settlements.
FURTHER NOTING THAT the annexation of massive swathes of land by Israel in defiance of international law, using walls and checkpoints and destroying Palestinian homes in the process is a deliberate strategy to undermine the viability of the West Bank and thereby the potential for an independent Palestinian state.

Therefore ENDORSES the call from the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions for the international trade union movement to support the bid, launched by the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, for the immediate recognition of Palestinian statehood by the United Nations.

 Endorse PGFTU call for recognition of Palestinian statehood.
 Work with other Global Union Federations to develop campaign aimed at persuading companies, who are complicit in the occupation to withdraw from any economic activity in the illegal settlements and industrial zones in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
 Work to expose and end the exploitation of Palestinian workers in the settlements and industrial zones.
 Call on the trade union movement worldwide to do whatever possible to influence and put pressure on the Israeli government in order to respect and comply with UN resolutions and to end the illegal occupation and settlements of Palestinian land and exploitation of Palestinian natural resources.
 Commit resources to help build democratic trade unions throughout Palestine and the sub-region as a whole, and to facilitate contacts between Palestinian trade unionists and their sisters and brothers in other countries, so as to provide opportunities for education and the extension of effective solidarity action.

CALLS UPON affiliates to:
 Endorse the PGFTU call for recognition of Palestinian statehood and to lobby their national governments likewise.
 Make representations to their governments and the international community to secure lasting peace through a negotiated settlement based on mutual respect and self-determination, on justice for Palestinians and on security for Israel.
 Increase the pressure to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories and the removal of the separation wall and the illegal settlements, by campaigning for disinvestment by companies associated with the occupation as well as engaged in illegal settlements and the separation wall, by 55 enforcing the application of international law which prohibits the exportation of products which come from the settlements.
 Call on the governments of the Member States of the European Union to apply European legislation concerning traceability of products.
 Act, within the framework of corporate social responsibility, with the salaried staff of the enterprises concerned so that they cease all activity in the illegal settlements or linked to the illegal settlements.
 Put pressure on enterprises established in Israel and on the Israeli government to respect decent work for all, in accordance with the eight core conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and as specified in the conclusions of the final resolution of the Rio +20 Conference.


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