UK union backs international condemnation of Israel
13 August 2010
London : Britain’s leading transport union, the RMT, has backed 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 in Mexico, called for action on “illegal Israeli settlements”.
The RMT, led by Bob Crow, a long-term patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, seconded the motion proposed by the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) at the conference, which ended on Thursday.
The ITF, the umbrella organisation for more than 750 transport unions in 155 countries around the world, also condemned Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters at the end of May, when nine humanitarian workers were killed.
British and international trade unions have become more vocal in backing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against 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 for academics and lecturers supported several anti-Israel resolutions at its national conference.