Long before the foundation of Israel, there were independent workers’ organisations in Palestine. The roots of the Palestinian trade union movement can be traced back to 1920, when a small mutual aid society was established by railway workers to provide assistance for sick workers and benefits for the families of the deceased. By 1923 this became a formally registered benevolent society. From these early roots the Palestinian Arab Workers’ Society (PAWS) was established in Haifa in 1925. Find out more from our trade union factsheet.

The international trade union movement must play its part in ending this inhuman treatment of the Palestinian people by building a mass campaign like the international anti-apartheid movement. The largest national trade unions are currently affiliated to PSC, which is heading the campaign for justice for the Palestinians.

We are calling for:

  • The right to self-determination for the Palestinian people
  • An end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
  • The immediate dismantling of the Apartheid Wall
  • The right of return of Palestinian refugees

PSC organises regular TU delegations to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Find out more from our trade union factsheet.