At the conclusion of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Congress last week, former ACTU President and newly-elected ITUC General Secretary, Sharan Burrow, has announced an ITUC mission to the Middle East to urge that the peace process continues there. She emphasised the urgent need to address “the illegal occupation of the West Bank, and the need to end the blockade of Gaza that deprives people of their fundamental needs and entitlements.”
ITUC-affiliated unions also resolved to seek an end to the Israeli occupation, removal of illegal Israeli settlements, an end to the blockade of Gaza, dismantlement of the illegal Separation Wall, and recognised “that economic relations with the settlements help to sustain their existence, in violation of international law.” View the AUSPalestine NEWS page for these statements from the ITUC Congress.
In AUSPalestine news, “Our Statement” is an expression from Australian unionists of our strong solidarity with our colleagues in the Palestinian and Israeli union movements who are working to end the illegal Israeli military occupation and its discriminatory policies. “Our Statement” is now open for signatures and we encourage you, your union colleagues, and your union, to sign on to the Statement. View the AUSPalestine OUR STATEMENT page to read and sign on to the Statement today – United We Are Strong!