In keeping with its history of solidarity with global struggles for justice and equality, the Maritime Union of AustraliaâsÂ Sydney BranchÂ joined the internationalÂ Boycott HPÂ campaign in its meeting on 29th October. Members pledged to not buy HP products and called for a complete boycott of HP products and divestment from HP companies until they cancel all contracts that aid Israelâs violation of Palestinian rights and international law. They also committed to raising awareness among union members regarding HP companiesâ complicity with Israelâs crimes.
The union had in the past stood in solidarity with the South African anti-apartheid movement, and the same values of freedom, justice and equality are at the heart of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, of which the Boycott HP campaign is a part.
Paul McAleer, Branch Secretary of the MUA, Sydney said:
Paul McAleer further added:
Bruce Knobloch from BDS Australia said:
HP Inc is the sole provider of computers to the Israeli occupying forces. HP Enterprise provide the servers for Israelâs population registry that enforces apartheid. In the past, HP has provided the technology for the Basel system for biometric access on Israelâs checkpoints as well as database for Israeli prisons. The Palestinian BDS National Committee calls for boycott and divestments against HP companies until they demonstrate that they are no longer complicit in Israelâs oppression of the Palestinian people.
Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney Branch, is among the growing number of trade unions that have joined the Boycott HP campaign and continue to strengthen it. Earlier this year, UKâs second largest union, Unite the Union,Â joinedÂ the campaign. The largest trade union of the Netherlands, Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV),Â droppedÂ HP as a partner in their offers to their members in April.
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