8 August 2014
The National Union of Workers, with calls from NUW members, joins other unions around the world to push for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Over 1200 people have been killed in Gaza – an overwhelming majority civilians, including children. An immediate ceasefire and return to the 2012 truce agreement is absolutely urgent.
Over 80,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, with many seeking shelter in UNRWA-run schools which have been overwhelmed with families seeking safety.
The NUW supports the statement from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for the lifting of the Gaza blockade and the removal of the separation wall as basic steps to end a 60-year conflict.
“It is time to recognise legal rights for Palestinians and to implement the Security Council’s resolutions in this regard, and enable Palestinians to have their independent sovereign state. There is a need for an immediate and energetic international community intervention to stop the bloodshed and move forward for peace and an agreement that respects the legitimacy of international law,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.
The NUW also calls on the international community to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to Gaza, including food, water, medical aid and generators. To find out more information and how you can help with desperately needed aid, visit Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA.