The European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine (ETUN) was established at the end of 2016 to bring together unions across Europe to campaign for an end to European and corporate complicity with the occupation of Palestine. It has grown to become a network of approximately 35 unions.
The network has campaigned for the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, worked to highlight European corporate complicity, published important research on the impact of European complicity on decent work and run webinars and conferences including focusing on the situation from a workers’ rights perspective.
ETUN Palestine has also worked to strengthen the policy positions of the European trade union federations on Palestine and respond to the situation. For this year the network is preparing a campaign highlighting the impact of Israel’s demolitions of Palestinian homes, schools and agricultural strictures on workers and their families in occupied Palestine.
ETUC Congress Fringe Meeting in Berlin
At the European TUC Congress Berlin, the European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine is organising a fringe Event: Building Solidarity with Palestinian Workers. The meeting will be on Wednesday, May 24th from 12.30pm until 13.50pm. It is in the Holiday Inn Meeting Rooms I+II, Wanda-Kallenbach-Straße 2. Lunch will be provided.
Representatives of various European trade unions and Palestinian speakers will present the current situation of Palestinian workers under occupation, their ongoing struggle and the role of European trade unions in building support for Palestinian freedom and rights.
We will discuss what trade unionists can do in solidarity with Palestinian workers and present ongoing and new campaigns.
Moderator: Patricia McKeown (Trade Union Friends of Palestine/Irish Congress of Trade Unions)
- Samia Al Botmeh – Birzeit University (online)
- Werner Van Heetvelde – president of La Centrale Générale-FGTB (Belgium)
- Sharon Sukhram – Trade Unions Congress (UK)
- Liv Tørres – Director International Department LO Norway
- Saif Abukeshek – European Trade Union Network for Justice in Palestine