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The TUC believes that only when a sovereign, independent, democratic contiguous and viable Palestinian state is created, living side by side with a secure Israel will there be a chance for peace and stability in the Middle East. We remain committed to a two-state solution to the crisis in the Middle East and support for the Road Map. We recognize the enormous suffering of the Palestinian people, and we call upon the British Government to make appropriate representations to the international community to secure lasting peace through a negotiated settlement based on mutual respect and self-determination, on justice for the Palestinians and on security for Israel. Please refer to the TUC General Council statement on the Middle East for more on the TUCs position on the Israel/Palestine conflict.
In increase the pressure on Israel to end its occupation of all Palestinian territories, the TUC, working in conjunction with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, is calling for a targeted consumer boycott of goods from the illegal Israel settlements. To promote the Don't buy settlement goods campaign, the TUC and PSC have produced a, "Would you buy stolen goods?" leaflet and a briefing for trade union officers.
Get your members involved:
- To order hard copies of the leaflet contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Put a link on your website to the campaign page www.palestinecampaign.org/ban-settlement-goods
- Encourage members to participate in local consumer actions by contacting: email@example.com
- Join the Palestine Solidarity Campaign: www.palestinecampaign.org
TUC Aid Appeal 2010-11
TUC Aid is appealing for funds to help trade unionists in Palestine, as well as Burma and Zimbabwe. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank, illegal settlements and the blockade of Gaza have led to unemployment, poverty and repression of union rights. TUC Aid will support women in the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) to recruit new members and improve pay, conditions and opportunities. Nedaa al-Zaher, who has already taken part in a TUC Aid training course, says: "I have made an important jump in my life. Now I realise the importance of unions and I have begun to know my rights at work." Others have negotiated real improvements such as shorter working days and a two-day weekend. Your support can give women trade unionists new skills and the confidence to really make a difference to their day to day lives.