CFMEU NSW Secretary Andrew Ferguson at Gaza solidarity march. Photo by Peter Boyle.

The movement for Australian union action against Israel is gaining strength after the apartheid state’s latest murderous attack on the unarmed aid flotilla to Gaza.

The South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) and the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory branches of the Australian Services Union have joined the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union in committing to the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against the aggressive Israeli state.

Australian unions and peak bodies have also called on members to attend the many protest actions.

The union campaign demanding an active boycott of Israel began in this country with the January 2009 ban on Israel cargo imposed by the Western Australian branch of the Maritime Union of Australia. The ban came after the Durban branch of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union refused to unload cargo from Israel.

SCLC secretary Arthur Rorris said: “A boycott of Israeli goods produced in the illegal settlements is a good way for the international community to send a strong message to the Israeli leadership that humanity will not turn a blind eye to the injustice … inflicted on the Palestinian people.”

We must now make the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions)campaign the policy of the entire union movement, just as in the days of the anti-apartheid bans against South Africa.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and state trades and labour councils have so far avoided taking meaningful action against Israeli interests, restricting themselves to calls for restraint.
To make a difference, the Australian union movement should follow the lead recently set by the British University and College Union.

Its 2010 congress last week voted overwhelmingly to “sever all relations with [the Israeli trade union federation] Histadrut, and to urge other trade unions and bodies to do likewise”.

It also proposed to: “Seek in conjunction with other trade unions, nationally and internationally, to establish an annual international conference on BDS (Boycott. Divestment and Sanctions), a trade union-sponsored BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions)website and a research centre on commercial, cultural and academic complicity with Israeli breaches of international law.

This is the only sort of action the Israeli government understands.

Other Australian unions can make a difference for Palestine by supporting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign and demanding that the ACTU do the same.

More Australian trade unions join Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel

In the wake of the murderous Israeli commando attack on an unarmed aid flotilla to Gaza on May 31, more trade unions in Australia are joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Here Andrew Ferguson, the NSW Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) addresses the Sydney June 5, 2010 Gaza solidarity rally. He is introduced by Pip Hinman of the Stop The War Coalition.

Source: http://www.greenleft.org.au/


  1. Rexw on the 20. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    What a great result. This is the way to bring those evil Israelis to task and I hope it hits them where it hurts most.

    All we need is for the rest of the world’s labor movements to do likewise.

    Go Unions, Go!

  2. Yisrael on the 20. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Don’t believe any videos made by Israelis.None of them are genuine. All of them were doctored to cover up their misdeeds. Be aware.


    If you take a real good hard look at the financial money managers at the helm’s of virtually all of the larger funds in the U.S.S.A. that hold many portfolio’s regarding pension funds, you’ll find that almost to the person, they’re run by zionist jews!

    And hence lies the problem. It’s not illegal to be a zionist jew and be in charge of billions, if not trillions of fiduciary funds trusted to you by idiots and moron’s who think that the Fagoral Govt. is actually going to indict the criminals when they steal and loot every cent of your retirement money from you. And it’s also not illegal for the U.S. Fagoral Govt. to tell you over the phone that if you didn’t lose a quarter of a million dollars, they won’t prosecute.

    So, my warning to you who still have your money in some form of money market account or fund, you better think twice about leaving it there. If it hasn’t been looted, it WILL BE LOOTED. It’s only a matter of time.

    And the U.S.S.A. Fagoral apparatus is not going to prosecute those who stole your money from you.

    Matter of fact, they’re likely to provide them with police protection.

    Get your money out if you can. If you can’t, you better invest in a lot of CRYING TOWELS and a good cheap pistol to stick into your mouth when you lose every dime you’ve ever worked for, to zionist jews who stole it all from you!!!!

  4. Strum on the 21. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    About time too!

    The tide is turning.
    Truth will out.

    Which side are you on?
    Which side are you on?

    peace and respect.

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