Trade Unions and Palestine in the UK
PSC recognises the importance of working with trade unions which have a long history of supporting international causes such as the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. PSC works closely with trade unions and the largest trade unions in the UK are affiliated to PSC – while a growing number of trade union branches and regions are affiliating to the campaign. National unions affiliated to PSC are: ASLEF, BFAWU, BECTU, CWU, FBU, GMB, NUM, NUT, PCS, RMT, TSSA, UCATT, UCU, UNISON, Unite the Union, USDAW
PSC has worked with the TUC for several years, focusing on the 2010 policy to ‘to work closely with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to actively encourage affiliates, employers and pension funds to disinvest from, and boycott the goods of, companies who profit from illegal settlements, the Occupation and the construction of the Wall’.
TUC’s commitment to step up the campaign for the free Palestine was reiterated at its 2014 congress with a General Council statement ‘calling on the UK government and the EU to end immediately arms trading with Israel including all military-industrial collaboration’ and for ‘the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement until the rights of the Palestinians are established’.
You can read TUC policy passed at its Congress
PSC has a Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) composed of representatives of the national affiliates which meets regularly to discuss and plan actions to build the campaign for justice for the Palestinians.
Most National trade Union have sent representatives on PSC delegations to Palestine in the last few years, this has in turn led to a significant growth in activities in the movement. Please contact us if you would like to take part in a delegation or organise a visit by your union.
If you are a member of a trade union then please join the campaign and affiliate your region and local branch. If you are a member of a union not on the list of national affiliates above then please encourage your union to affiliate to the Campaign and encourage individual union members to become members of PSC. Please complete and return an Affiliation Form 2013 (or, if possible, a Affiliation Standing Order form) if your trade union or local organisation would like to affiliate. If you would like more information about affiliating to PSC contact us.
=> Trade Union Network: www.palestinecampaign.org/get-involved/trade-union-network
=> Trade Union news and reports: www.palestinecampaign.org/get-involved/trade-union-network/news-and-reports