Monthly Archives: August 2010

ASU Qld passes Palestine motion

The Queensland state branch of the ASU has passed a strong motion of support for the Palestinian people.  A total 17 Australian unions and state labour councils have now pledged their solidarity with the Palestinians in their demand for peace with justice.

The Clerical & Administrative Branch of the Australian Services Union in central & southern Queensland passed a strong motion in July calling for an end to the Israeli occupation via “concerted and sustained pressure upon Israel including an economic, cultural, academic and sporting boycott.”  Their motion also called on the Australian Government to end its arms trade with Israel and for Australian unions to build links with Palestinian unions. View the AUSPalestine NEWS page to download the ASU statement.

AUSPalestine congratulates the Management Committee of the ASU C&A Central & Southern Queensland Branch, particularly the Branch Secretary, Julie Bignell, for adding their union’s voice to the call for peace, justice, equality, solidarity and action for the Palestinian people.

Two unions join the BDS call

Over the past week, two more Australian unions have shown their solidarity with the Palestinian people and joined the global call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). 

The national office of the Electrical Trades Union of Australia and the Queensland state branch of the CFMEU have both stated their support of the non-violent strategy of BDS.  View the AUSPalestine NEWS page to read their resolutions.

AUSPalestine congratulates these unions for their solidarity in standing up for Palestinian rights and a peaceful resolution of conflict.  AUSPalestine invites these unions to endorse the AUSPalestine statement in support of peace, equality and justice for our Palestinian colleagues – United We Are Strong!

LHMU Queensland resolution on Palestine

The Queensland Branch of the Australian Liquor, Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers Union issued a resolution yesterday calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation and joining the Palestinian call for BDS.  View the AUSPalestine NEWS page to view the LHMU statement.

This brings to 14 the number of Australian unions and state labour councils who have joined the non-violent Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel until it adheres to international law and UN resolutions.  AUSPalestine congratulates all those unions and unionists who are standing in solidarity with our Palestinian colleagues – United We Are Strong!

A reminder as well to unionists in Victoria of the forum this coming Saturday 7 August in Melbourne, “Opposing Israeli Apartheid: Australian Unions and the International Boycott campaign”.  See the AUSPalestine EVENTS page for details.

Qld teachers pass Palestine resolution

The Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) has passed a resolution announcing that the “QTU joins the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign initiated by Palestinian trade unions and civil society in 2005″ and supporting the consumer boycott of Israeli goods.  With this resolution, the QTU joins the growing number of Australian unions heeding this non-violent Palestinian call for support from their international friends.

Australian unionists also welcomed the recent call from 19 member churches of Australia’s National Council of Churches which adopted a resolution on peace for Israelis and Palestinians which includes the call for consumers to boycott goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.  View the AUSPalestine NEWS page for these latest articles.

The Victorian Trades Hall is hosting a forum on “Opposing Israeli Apartheid: Australian Unions and the International Boycott campaign” in Melbourne on Saturday 7 August 2010.  AUSPalestine encourages unionists in Victoria to attend. View the AUSPalestine EVENTS page for further details.