Union to stop Israel visits over boycott issue
The GMB Congress has banned its members from visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on Trade Union Friends of Israel-organised delegations.
Union members at the annual congress in Plymouth voted through a motion which said funding for participants in trips should be stopped because TUFI opposes a boycott of Israel.
A TUFI spokesman said the decision was “disappointing”. He highlighted the GMB’s links to Labour, whose leader Ed Miliband also opposes boycotts.
● Delegates at the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance annual conference dropped a planned boycott of Israel after discovering accusations about segregation of Palestinians were false.
A motion put before the union – which is the largest in Northern Ireland and represents 45,000 members – noted “the passing of legislation in Israel that effectively creates segregation on buses” as the basis for a boycott. No such legislation exists in Israel.
Nipsa withdrew the motion after being informed of the error by members who contacted Northern Ireland Friends of Israel group.