Author Archive for andrew

Scotland: “TUC delegates join Palestine freedom struggle – unanimously!”

The recent congress of the Scottish TUC passed a number of anti-Israel resolutions, not surprisingly. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is ecstatic.  But one resolution attracted our attention – this one by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU): “this Congress applauds the…

Histadrut leader Eini starts re-election campaign

On 22 May, Histadrut members – Jewish and Arab – across Israel will vote to select the next leader of the country’s national trade union centre, the Histadrut.  The incumbent, Ofer Eini, launched his campaign last Wednesday at an event…

Histadrut threatens transport strike over punished railway workers

In a show of solidarity with railway workers battling against outsourcing of maintenance, the Histadrut has threatened to close down Israel Railways this week — and may also shut down El Al and other transport companies.  Full details are here.

Unemployment in Israel at an all-time low

The news that unemployment in Israel is at an historic low – 5.5% – is important for several reasons. First of all, that’s good news for workers in the country, both Jewish and Arab, because low unemployment means greater opportunities…

Journalist union condemns Hamas treatment of media workers in Gaza

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has  accused the Hamas government in Gaza of systematic attacks on media after dozens of journalists were subjected to assaults by Gaza security forces who also attacked media offices, including Reuters and other international…

Unions cheer UJ cutting academic ties with Ben-Gurion university

Unions in South Africa have claimed a historic victory in their campaign to delegitimise Israel with the decision by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to cut academic ties with Ben-Gurion University. The South African union movement COSATU has been one…

Border crossing project for Palestinian truckies launched

A brand new initiative, designed to improve the lives of Palestinian drivers, saw its official opening this week. The launch of the ITF’s Palestine border crossing project at Tulkarem City was celebrated on 24 March. The innovative initiative, which began…