Unifor’s Social Justice Fund board of directors has approved a $75,000 donation to humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza. The money provided by the non-profit will be sent via two organizations: $25,000 to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), and $50,000 to Doctors without Borders (MSF).
In response to horrific attacks on civilians and chaos in the region, many trade unions have responded to calls for immediate support focusing on urgently-needed food and medical care.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) launched an appeal urging all member unions to contribute in the wake of increasing violence between Hamas and Israel which has so far claimed the lives of more than 500 people, many of whom are civilians and injured thousands more.
“Unifor demands an immediate implementation of the UN Security Council’s call for a ceasefire and the ending of all military operations by Israel and Hamas,” Unifor said in a statement on Gaza last month.
“Unifor stands with the global trade union community in calling for respect of international human rights law, immediate humanitarian assistance to Gaza, lifting of the blockade of Gaza, and renewed peace negotiations.”
MSF is responding by filling gaps in the Palestinian health system and providing urgent care to the wounded.
For more information about the ITUC appeal and how to donate, visit www.ituc-csi.org.
To read Unifor’s complete statement, go to http://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/briefs-statements/statements