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UK: Union-backed daily newspaper accused of ‘abuse of the Holocaust’

The respected Community Security Trust in the United Kingdom has just issued its report on Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2009 which not surprisingly levels some criticisms at sections of the British Left and trade union movement. But perhaps most…

Palestinian truckers’ project goes operational

An innovative new initiative designed to provide truck drivers in Palestine with basic services at the border crossing with Israel began operations last week. A ceremony to mark the start of the ITF-funded project, one in a series of programmes…

Histadrut leader attacks Labour Party leader

Another  skirmish between the Histadrut trade union leader, Ofer Eini, and the Israeli Labour Party leader, Ehud Barak, opened up this week. On Wednesday Ofer Eini called Barak either an ‘imbecile’ or an’ idiot’ on a popular Israeli TV current…

IFJ welcomes Palestinian commitment to establish Press Council

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today welcomed the announcement by its affiliate in Palestine, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), to develop a code of ethics for Palestinian journalists and establish an independent press council. “This is excellent news for…

General public sector strike scheduled to start Tuesday

A major general strike, which could affect up to 750,000 public sector workers, is scheduled to start at 6am on Tuesday – barring any last minute deal between the Histadrut and the Israeli Finance Ministry. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who…

Global union shocked by UN Palestinian Agency actions over strike

Story updated The International Trade Union Confederation has taken the unpredecented action of attacking a key UN agency – UNRWA – for its treatment of Palestinian workers who have been on strike for several weeks. The ITUC has written to…

Union protestors denounce peace treaty with Israel on 16th anniversary

Dozens of activists and members of Jordanian labour unions demonstrated on Tuesday ( October 26, 2010) near the Israeli Embassy in Amman to protest against the Wadi Araba peace agreement signed between Israel and Jordan – sixteen years ago. The…