As workers across the world prepare to gather on May Day (Monday May 1), Unite’s international director Simon Dubbins explains why now, more than ever, we must renew our commitment to international workers’ solidarity.
“Building and strengthening international solidarity has always been a fundamental principle of the trade union and labour movement since its inception.
“The history of our movement is one littered with countless examples of international solidarity that have made such an enormous difference to the lives, working conditions and rights of fellow workers.
“Unite members have always made huge efforts to show and act in solidarity with other oppressed workers and peoples, whether that be with workers fighting in their own companies or in wider struggles for the respect of human rights, and it’s important to remember that our members have also benefitted enormously from courageous acts of solidarity aimed at supporting our battles for justice and dignity.
“In the very difficult world we live in today, with the challenges we face with Brexit and Trump, the rise of far right nationalism and racism, and the terrible oppression being suffered by comrades in struggle for their basic human rights in places such as Palestine, Kurdistan, Colombia and further afield, it is vitally important that we recognise and recommit to strengthen our international solidarity work this May Day.”
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