Destroyed buildings in Gaza. Photo: Iyad al Baba/Oxfam. Read more from Oxfam in Gaza
Gaza: ITUC day of action, 7 August 2014
To mark three weeks since the Israeli military incursion into Gaza began, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has declared today a day of action on Gaza. The TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, has written to the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development, and you can support the ITUC campaign and TUC policy too, by making your voice heard.
First, today, send a message on Twitter to the @UN and your national government to support peace, like “The @ituc & (@Your union name) support peace & democracy everywhere. @UN (@your national government or politician) act now for #gaza.” If you are not on Twitter, please post a message on Facebook or any social network you might use – it’s all helpful.
Second, and you can still do this after the 7th, urge union members in your country to join the ITUC postcard campaign ‘Peace like mine’ and send a message to the UN Secretary General supporting peace. To take part, go to the website and use a PC or mobile device to send a real postcard to the UN Secretary-General with your personal message and photo.? Send a photograph that depicts your view of peace. It might be a photo of your family or community or an activity that depicts everyday life. And you can add your personal message to the UN Secretary-General.
In the longer term, the TUC is encouraging contributions to the ITF humanitarian fund for Gaza, or to your own Global Union Federation’s appeal if there is one, or you might wish to contribute to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign appeal.