The Transport and General Workers Union, UK, joins the Boycott Campaign

The Transport and General Workers Union, UK, joins the Boycott Campaign

Worldwide Activism, Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall
Campaign, July 6th, 2007

On July 4th, the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) has passed
a motion at its biennial conference in support of a customer boycott
against Apartheid Israel.

Following in the footsteps of other unions around the world who have
taken up the boycott, the biggest general union in the UK, with over
800,000 members, also vowed to take part in the lobby of British
parliament on November 2nd and demanding the UK government take a
stronger stand against Israel. It condemned Israeli violence against
the Palestinian people.

TGWU has a long history of campaigning on issues such as ethical
trading and workers rights within a global context.

TGWU Motion – Composite 31

Conference notes that Enough! is a coalition of charities, trade
unions, faith and other campaign groups who are committed to peace for
Israelis and Palestinians alike. This can only be built on justice,
equality and freedom.

In order to achieve this goal governments like the British Government
must stand up for international law and human rights.

This conference welcomes the TGWU’s decision to support the Enough!
campaign and calls upon conference to mandate the GEC to play a full
role by:

1. Actively participate in the events planned throughout 2007 such as
the national lobby of parliament in November 2. Build partnerships
with other campaigning organisations such as War on Want who are
actively supporting the Palestinian people.

This conference deplores the actions of the Israeli government in its
treatment and attitude towards the Palestinian people in failing to
recognise their legitimate aspiration of a Palestinian state.

We therefore call upon conference to support a boycott of Israeli
products and goods and calls upon the government to take a stronger
stance in support of the Palestinian people.

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