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Sunday, May 29 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Maritime Labour Centre

1880 Triumph Street (Victoria & Triumph)

Vancouver, BC

A trade union speaking tour with representatives from the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) and South African Union of Municipal Workers (SAMWU)

BACKGROUND INFO:

  •  Why are trade unionists globally comparing the situation in Palestine with that of South African apartheid?
  • What is the situation of Palestinian workers today?
  • Why has there been a call by Palestinian trade unions for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) modeled on the solidarity movement against South African apartheid?
  • What is the role of trade union activists in what is happening in Palestine and South Africa today?

There is a great urgency in building our solidarity with Palestinian workers. It is important to note that Palestinian trade unions continue to operate in and confront a daily reality of military occupation, apartheid walls and neoliberal austerity.

In Gaza, 98% of industrial operations remain idle as a result of Israel’s three-year blockade, which includes severe restrictions on electricity, heating oil, natural gas and construction materials.

In the occupied West Bank, 25% of the population continues to face food insecurity as well as a complex network of 400-500 military checkpoints, roadblocks, fences, and other obstacles that separate Palestinian workers from their workplaces.

Vancouver event sponsors include:

  • Vancouver & District Labour Council
  • CUPE Local 15
  • CUPE Metro
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-STTP)
  • Teaching Support Staff Union, Social Justice Committee, Simon Fraser University
  • Independent Jewish Voices BC
  • BIAC Vancouver
  • Canada-Palestine Support Network
  • Canada Palestine Association Vancouver
  • Stopwar.ca

Sponsors & endorsers of the cross-Canada tour & local events include:

  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-STTP)
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Ontario Division
  • CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee
  • CUPE Toronto District Council
  • CUPE Local 2491
  • Fédération nationale des enseignants et enseignantes du Québec (FNEEQ)
  • London & District Labour Council
  • Metropolitan Montréal Central Council, Confédération des syndicats nationaux
  • Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 568
  • Faculty for Palestine
  • Independent Jewish Voices
  • London Solidarity Coalition for Palestine
  • Not in Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism
  • Tadamon! Montreal
For more information contact: boycottapartheid@gmail.com, or call 604-779-7430
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