Aug 13, 2010

Global conference passes RMT anti-Israel motion

The RMT transport union has passed a motion condemning Israel at an international conference representing more than 4,600,000 union members.

The resolution, voted for by delegates at the annual International Transport Federation (ITF) conference, calls for action on “illegal Israeli settlements”.

The RMT, which is led by Bob Crow, seconded the motion proposed by the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) at the Mexico event.

It calls for transport workers to halt the movement of people and goods into the Palestinian Territories.

The ITF is the umbrella organisation for more than 750 transport unions in 155 countries around the world.

In June, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) rejected calls to boycott Israel and pledged its “universal recognition” of the country’s right to exist.

But trade unions around the world have been vocal in calling for divestment and sanctionson Israel.

Earlier in 2010 Britain’s largest union, Unite, unanimously passed a motion calling for a boycott of Israeli companies, while the University and College Union supported several anti-Israel resolutions at its national conference.

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