Today, on the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is launching the Palestine Solidarity Fund to provide immediate relief and longer-term support for Palestinian workers and their families.
As transport unions we have a proud history of standing against injustice and violence and promoting rights, democracy, equality and peace.
“We have worked alongside Palestinian trade unions for many years and stand in solidarity with them in their struggle for justice, dignity and peace,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin. “The brutal occupation, displacement and dehumanisation must end. Palestinians must be free.”
“We are heartened by the temporary ceasefire and return of hostages and prisoners but renew our call for a permanent ceasefire and lasting, just peace. We are committed to supporting our Palestinian sisters, brothers and comrades, though practical solidarity and humanitarian initiatives on the ground as they face the most unprecedented bombardment and devastation of their lives, land and livelihoods.”
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked on 29 November, recognises that Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights, such as the right to self-determination.
This year, however, the International Day of Solidarity comes at a time of unfathomable suffering for Palestinian people – thousands have been killed and millions have been displaced by Israel’s indiscriminate military bombardment in Gaza, and hundreds have been murdered amidst escalating violence in the West Bank. Over 30 UN Special Rapporteurs have warned of a risk of genocide of Palestinians.
Now, more than ever, we are responding to our Palestinian brothers’ and sisters’ calls for solidarity.
"In close cooperation with Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), the Palestine Solidarity Fund will be used to work with transport unions across the region to deliver lifesaving essential supplies for our Palestinian siblings in Gaza through internationally recognised humanitarian organisations. Transport unions in Egypt have also committed to delivering as many trucks as we can fill with lifesaving essential supplies,” said Stephen Cotton, ITF General Secretary. “We will also work with the International Labour Organization (ILO) by supporting its urgent funding appeal to implement a three-phase programme focused on immediate relief, longer-term recovery and social protection for Palestinian workers."
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