WORLD UNION: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union vote to officially support BDS 5Dec10 December 7, 2010

The Alternative Information Centre -   5 December 2010

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has officially voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights, according to a press release from the IWW’s website on 2 December.

The “Resolution in Support of the Workers of Palestine/Israel” was adopted in an overwhelming vote both at the IWW’s convention in Minneapolis and by the membership via referendum, making the IWW the first union in the US and the third union in Canada to officially support the Palestinian United Call for BDS, according to a statement from the group.

The IWW, an international union, was founded in Chicago in June 1905 at a convention of two hundred socialists, anarchists, and radical trade unionists from all over the United States. Today the group members across North America, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. The IWW contends that all workers should be united as a class and that the wage system should be abolished.

“The resolution to support the BDS campaign comes out of the work of the IWW’s International Solidarity Commission and the IWW Friends of Palestinian Workers Group, a grassroots network of Wobblies supportive of the Palestinian, Israeli and international struggle against Israeli apartheid,” IWW said in a press release on their website.

“Support for the BDS campaign was also stressed by all the Palestinian workers who met with members of the IWW on the IWW delegation to Palestine, particularly the Independent Workers Federation of Palestine, with whom the IWW shares a close bond of solidarity,” the group wrote.

“For a union concerned with international solidarity, supporting the BDS movement is the right thing to do”, said IWW member Nathaniel Miller, who serves on the International Solidarity Commission and attended the IWW delegation to Palestine. “By officially supporting this BDS call, the IWW stands shoulder to shoulder with Palestinian workers in a global picket line against Israeli apartheid.”

“Our support of the BDS movement is in line with traditional wobbly principles of anti-racism and international solidarity,” Miller said.

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