University and College Union reaffirmed their support for BDS at the annual congress in Glasgow.
British academics strongly reaffirmed their support for the right to BDS at the annual congress of the University and College Union (UCU) in Glasgow at the end of May.Delegates heard a warning from the Union’s legal counsel that, if the Government’s BDS and Sanctions bill became law, the key motion urging members to support BDS would be ‘void’. Nothing is clearer, however, than the determination of British academics, as represented by UCU, to oppose Israel’s policy of apartheid vis-a-vis Palestinians and ensure that Palestinian voices are no longer silenced on campus and in the country at large. Read more here.
Congress of La Centrale Générale FGTB denounces Israeli apartheid and calls to end all economic transactions with illegal Israeli settlements
24 March 2023
La Centrale Générale FGTB at its annual congress passed a motion calling for the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and end to all economic and financial transactions with illegal Israeli settlements. The union also called on Belgium to introduce a ban on trade with illegal settlements and condemn the Israeli apartheid policies. Read the full motion here.
Scottish TUC finds Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid and calls their affiliates to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign
Scottish TUC passed the following motion, moved by Dundee Trades Union Council, on 19th April at its Annual Congress, denouncing Israeli apartheid and calling on their affiliates to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.
Norway must change its policy towards Israel says Fagforbundet
At the National Congress held in October 2022, Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet) adopted a resolution calling on Norwegian government to change its policy towards Israel. Read more
National Tertiary Education Union endorses BDS and opposes IHRA
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) in Australia, which is the union for all university staff (both academic and administrative) has passed this motion at its annual National Council meeting – the union’s highest decision-making body. The motion supports BDS and opposes IHRA. Read more
The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions reaffirmed its support to BDS and highlighted Israeli apartheid
2 June 2022
Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) at its congress held on 2 June 2022 decided, by a large majority, that LO would support an international boycott of Israel. This declaration sets LO’s policy towards Israel and the Palestinians for the next three years. The congress adopted a list of 14 concrete measures intended to hold Israel to account for its violations of international law and reaffirmed its support to BDS. Read more
Resolution adopted during the 10th National Congress of LAB
15 June 2022
The trade unions participating in the International Conference of the 10th Congress of the Trade Union LAB demanded that international authorities and institutions enact a policy designed to force Israel to finally put an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories. Read more
Congress of the General Labour Federation of Belgium (FGTB) finds Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid and calls for a military embargo on Israel
In solidarity with Palestine, the General Labour Federation of Belgium (FGTB), at its congress held in June 2022, reiterated its opposition to the military occupation and annexation of the Palestinian territories and demanded that the Israeli government respects international law and UN resolutions. In addition the congress found Israel guilty of the institutionalised and systematic discrimination and apartheid against Palestinian citizens. Read the full motion here
ITUC calls on UN to update list of companies backing illegal settlements
In November 2021 to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the ITUC has written to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, calling on him to support the resolution to regularly update the UN database of companies operating illegally in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. Read more
Trades Union Congress statement on the decision to criminalise six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups
In October 2021 the Trades Union Congress issued a statement on the decision to criminalise six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups. TUC called on the UK government to publicly oppose this draconian measure, to demand that Israel reverses it and further to begin to fulfil its own obligations to uphold international law and Palestinian rights, including the right to self-determination, and the right to oppose apartheid. Read more
Motion adopted at the UNI-Europa Congress
Motion submitted by ACCG-FGTB, supported by BTB (BE), SETCa (BE), ACOD Cultuur (BE), CGSLB (BE) and CNE (BE)
‘The framework for UNI Europa’s policy on Palestine is UNI Global’s policies on the matter, in particular Resolution 5 on Palestine adopted at UNI World Congress in Liverpool and Resolution 12 adopted at UNI World Congress in Cape Town denouncing the occupation of Palestine and calling for actions to end economic support for the illegal settlements. Read more
Public Services unions from across Europe call on European governments to suspend arms trade with Israel
5 June 2019
Delegates at the European Public Service Union (EPSU) congress in Dublin on 5 June 2019 discussed the current situation in Palestine and the role of trade unions in peace building. As a result of the resolution voted at the congress, EPSU will explore with the ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) how to effectively campaign for the implementation of human rights clauses in EU trade and association agreements. The resolution also calls on European governments to suspend arms trade with Israel. Read more