Britain’s largest trade union bans members from visiting Israel
LONDON – One of the UK’s largest trade unions voted last week to ban its members from visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on delegations organized by the Trade Union Friends of Israel (TUFI), a Londonbased organization supporting cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian workers.
The GMB, which has more than 617,000 members from an array of sectors, voted on Thursday at its annual conference in Plymouth to uphold a 2011 decision to “take a lead in driving forward the boycott and divestment initiatives of companies who profit from illegal settlements, the occupation and the construction of the wall.”
Last week, after the motion was moved and seconded by far-left anti-Israel activists, the union noted that “a major priority” of TUFI is to fight the boycott [of Israel] which they said “campaigns against the policy of this union.”
Hence, it determined that GMB members are banned from participating in TUFI-sponsored visits to Israel or from speaking to TUFI platforms.
The union also reaffirmed that it is “unashamedly” affiliated with the radical fringe group Palestine Solidarity Campaign.