Canadian Union of Postal Workers statement on Land Day/BDS Day of Action

Global BDS Day of Action on Land Day

March 30, 2011 is the Global BDS Day of Action on Land Day, in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s right to self determination, freedom, and dignity.
The Palestinian Land Day commemorates the day in 1976 when Israeli military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. They were among thousands protesting the government’s expropriation of Palestinian land to build new Jewish-only settlements and expand existing ones. Today, Land Day symbolizes Palestinian resistance to the ongoing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
At the April 2008 CUPW National Convention, delegates overwhelmingly supported a resolution calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until the occupation is ended, international law is abided by, and all citizens are treated equally.
CUPW is working to implement this resolution. We have worked out a partnership with a Palestinian trade union. We are supporting educational workshops and solidarity delegations.
So far they have held two seminars.
The first seminar was on Palestinian labour law and the grievance procedure. Participants learned their rights under the labour law, and gained skills in filing and processing grievances.
The second seminar was on organizing. They will be targeting companies like DHL, and developing plans to unionize people working in these companies.
As CUPW members we know that the struggle for respect and equality is international.
In Solidarity, 

Denis Lemelin
National President
Canadian Union of Postal Workers


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