Friday, February 6, 2009

South African dockers will refuse to unload Israeli cargo shipments

A union of port workers in Durban, South Africa, South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), has declared that it will refuse to unload cargo from Israeli ships, reports Pulse Media. The SATAWU general secretary Randall Howard stated yesterday that the union supports the "historic and heroic struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination". In regards to which products will be blocked from being unloaded, Howard stated that the union wouldn't differentiate between vegetables and weaponry, all Israeli products will be barred from entry into the South African market.

SAWATU has a combined membership of 82,325. Last year the Durban dockers refused to unload a Chinese shipment of weapons for Zimbabwe (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). The determination of the Durban dockers is a clear sign that internationalist trade union solidarity is alive and kicking.

See statement by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and COSATU on the SAWATU action. Protests are being held today, and on Sunday there will be rallies in Durban and Cape Town.

1 comment:

  1. Demand The Human Rights is not enough, we must exercise them every day.