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For the first time, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has recognised Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people as apartheid. Over 350 delegates voted to pass the ‘Solidarity with Palestine’ motion, denouncing Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestine, reaffirming their support for the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice and calling on practical forms of solidarity including Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
The motion was moved by Dundee Trades Union Council, seconded by the Fire Brigades Union, and supported by Midlothian Trades Council. As the mover of the motion and the host of this year’s Annual Congress, Dundee TUC outlined their November 2022 delegation to Palestine, the first-ever delegation of a UK trades union council to Palestine.
The Dundee TUC delegation further strengthened the ties between the twinned cities of Dundee and Nablus. The delegation signed a Solidarity and Co-operation Agreement with the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU). Delegates from the Fire Brigades Union announced that a further donation of a fire engine and equipment is to arrive in Nablus next Spring.
Scottish PSC applauds Dundee TUC's work highlighting Palestinian people's struggle and developing meaningful and practical solidarity in Scotland. We offer our support and partnership in this work.
Scottish trade unions and their members played an important part in the solidarity movement against racism and apartheid in South Africa. We invite trades councils and trade unions to affiliate to Scottish PSC, and their members to become members. Only by working together and in partnership can we contribute effectively to the defeat of Israeli apartheid.