Tag Archive for BDS

UK: TSSA votes to support anti-Israel boycott

TSSA,  the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, represents 30,000 administrative, managerial, professional and technical workers in the railway, London Underground, the travel trade, ports and ferries.   It’s currently holding its annual conference and this morning announced that it had “voted to link…

Spain: 5 key union federations back Israel boycott campaign and Palestinian ‘right of return’

According to this report, last month five key Spanish trade unions in the Galicia region publicly embraced the campaign of boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) targetting Israel.  The unions named are UGT – Unión General de Trabajadores, CCOO – Comisións Obreiras…

USA: Union uses ‘academic freedom’ to attack academic freedom – the case of PSC CUNY

A few years back, British unions of academics debated the question of whether to show their solidarity with the Palestinians by boycotting Israeli academics. Eventually that tactic was dropped in part because of a very effective campaign by many academics…

UK: TUC moves up to a new level of support for BDS

The global campaign of boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) targetting Israel is a threat to the Jewish state, but that campaign can be broken down into five types using the British government’s “threat levels” as a guide. Those levels are…

Australia: Union defeats pro-BDS motion

Finally, some good news in the labour movement: according to this report, a motion presented to the annual conference of the  National Tertiary Education Union endorsing a call for boycotts against Israel was defeated.

Irish Congress of Trade Unions: Leading Israel-basher in the trade union movement worldwide

At its conference earlier this month, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) established itself firmly as the number one Israel-basher in the international trade union movement. It adopted three resolutions that conform entirely with the Tehran line, the view…

British union leaders call for global unions to adopt BDS position

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has finally published the statement of a delegation of  a half dozen British trade union leaders representing five trade unions (Unite, RMT, TSSA, PCS, and Napo). The trade unionists involved were: Gerry Doherty – General Secretary…

The British Trade Union Movement, Israel and Boycotts

by Ronnie Fraser Over the past thirty years the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and member unions have regularly adopted resolutions containing anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian rhetoric. A whole generation of British left-wing trade union activists has been raised on a diet…

Standing up to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

Speech by Paul Howes to Zionist Federation of Australia conference in Melbourne, Sunday October 10 2010 Thanks for inviting me to speak to the Zionist Federation of Australia conference. We are here at both an exciting time: — the new…

British TUC to debate proposal for a full boycott of Israeli goods

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has proposed a resolution to be debated at next month’s annual conference of the British Trades Union Congress calling for a full boycott of Israeli goods. At last year’s conference, the TUC voted in support…