And once again the target is Israel. Engage reports:
UNISON, the public service workers’ union in the UK, has voted today, by a majority of roughly 4-1, to support the campaign to boycott Israel. Motion 53 includes the following:
“Conference believes that ending the occupation demands concerted and sustained pressure upon Israel including an economic, cultural, academic and sporting boycott.”
Rather mealy-mouthed and cowardly, aren’t they? The wording allows UNISON to claim they aren’t actually boycotting Israel; rather, they simply believe it would be a good idea.
[The motion] also says, using the usual code, that it is for the dismantling of Israel and it opposes a two state solution:
“Conference continues to consider that a just solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict must be based upon international law and Israel should:…
2) allow the refugees of 1948 to return home;
Unlimited “right of return” to pre-1967 Israel is, of course, is a red line for virtually every Israeli, no matter how sympathetic to the Palestinians.
UNISON has a long history of links with trade unions in Cuba…
Many UNISON branches and regions have established close twinning arrangements with Cuban trade unions…
So while UNISON urges a total boycott of a country with one of the world’s most militant (in the old-fashioned sense) trade union movements, it eagerly establishes ties with a phony government-controlled movement with no record of ever calling a strike. Meanwhile genuine independent trade unions in Cuba are banned and their leaders are arrested.