ACTU Congress 2003

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) – International Policy 2003

“PEACE IS UNION BUSINESS”
“The ACTU opposes the establishment of the ‘separation wall’ as a violation of Palestinian human rights.”
– Paragraphs 14, 26, ACTU International Policy 2003

In the context of the US-led invasion of Iraq and the largest anti-war demonstrations in Australia, the ACTU’s 2003 International Policy declared [Excerpt Paragraphs No.13-14]:

13. The norms of international law under the auspices of the United Nations are the most highly developed rules in existence to prevent war… The attack on Iraq, by the US, UK and Australia is a serious breach of the law with grave implications for the future. …

14. Peace is union business. The ACTU will oppose the unilateralist policy and pre-emptive strike doctrine of the Bush Administration, and campaign against the use of bases in Australia and our armed forces for these purposes. The ACTU will defend the authority of the UN…

With regard to the Middle East, and specifically the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the policy went on to say:

[Excerpt Paragraph No.26-27 re Middle East]

Middle East
26. The ACTU supports the “road map” and a genuine strategy for its implementation which gives new hope that real progress will be made to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, based on the co-existence of two sovereign states in line with United Nations’ resolutions. Furthermore, the ACTU opposes the establishment of the “separation wall” as a violation of Palestinian human rights.

27. The ACTU commends the ICFTU in its commitment and continued support of the Israeli and Palestinian trade unions to resume and strengthen their dialogue and co-operation.

Commentary – ACTU International Policy 2003:
> This policy statement follows through on the commitment to the authority of United Nations Resolutions and international law.
> Significantly, there is a direct statement of opposition to the Separation Wall that the State of Israel had begun building in the occupied Palestinian West Bank in mid-2002.

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