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The Public Services International (PSI) trade union congress in Durban – representing 20 million public service workers globally – has voted overwhelmingly to take action in support of Palestine.

Two resolutions were passed. The Congress supported the call for UN to recognise Palestine as an independent state, but also to campaign for disinvestment from companies ässociated with the occupation as well as engaged in illegal settlements and the separation wall.

The Congress condemned all breaches of international law including the occupation and the siege of Gaza.

The congress went on to support a call from South African unions to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

The World Congress was held in Durban on 27-30 November. The vote took place on Wednesday the 28th of August.

The PSI represents 20 million workers globally who deliver public services
in 150 countries.

Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Deputy General
Secretary of PCS, who moved the composite resolution, said

“This week trade unionists from around the world have demonstrated they
stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Trade
Unionists are supporting the call for Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions of firms complicit with the occupation.

This is a major step forward and breakthrough on policy in the international trade union movement.

The Palestinian people have been denied their right to self determination since 1948. Many Palestinians are now living under an increasingly brutal occupation and it is our duty to support them by supporting boycott disinvestment and sanctions until Israel complies with international law.”