Edited: 18.09.2014 - 11:36

Keywords: International affairs and foreign countries

Take Action for Gaza

Unions across the world are speaking out over the devastating loss of life in Gaza. More than 1,200 Palestinians have died since the beginning of an assault by Israeli forces in July.

UNI Global Union is appalled by the civilian death toll and is asking its affiliates to mark our commitment to peace this week by joining the ITUC’s global Call to Action.

What you can do:

Beginning on 7 August you can support the ITUC campaign by the following actions:

Lobby your government (via face-to-face visits, telephone calls and social media messages) to intervene and support a five point plan for peace including:

  • A permanent cease-fire;
  • Humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza;
  • The immediate suspension of all transfers of weapons, munitions and other military equipment and technology being used against civilians;
  • An end of the blockade of Gaza;
  • A negotiated settlement to bring about a two-state solution with the legitimacy of international law.

Send a message on Twitter to the @UN and your national government to support peace.

We @ (Your union name) support peace & democracy everywhere. @UN (@your national government or politician) act now for #gaza.

If you are not on Twitter, you can post a message on your Facebook page.

Make urgent financial contributions to the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) humanitarian relief initiative for Gaza, at www.itfgazafund.org

Urge union members and prominent persons in your country to join the ITUC postcard campaign 'Peace like mine' and send a message to the UN Secretary General supporting peace.

To take part in the ITUC postcard campaign, you can go to the website

www.bypost.com/peacelikemine

UNI and other global unions are supporting the relief effort in Gaza by donating funds to send truckloads of medical supplies into the territory. Schools, hospitals and the only power station have been bombed. The targeting of civilians is against international law.

UNI and the ITUC believe the only lasting solution is a permanent cease-fire with the intervention of the international community to force the parties to the table to conclude a negotiated settlement that ends the blockade of Gaza and the occupation of Palestine.

The people of Israel and the people of Palestine will only be assured of a peaceful and secure future with a two-state solution, where all people can live in peace and security and build a future for themselves and their children.

Source: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/