Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Unions call for solidarity with people of Honduras

[By Kees Hudig] - The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called on its 4.5 million members to boycott ships sailing under Honduran flag (source: Reuters / ITF). The action is a show of solidarity with the people of Honduras, who are fighting for the return of president Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed in a military coup at the end of June (more in Dutch).
Zelaya was hated by the wealthy elite of the country and the military because he had cautiously started to implement progressive measures, such as raising the minimum wage. He also joined the alternative trade block ALBA, as did Venezuela and Bolivia, and which opposes the free trade associations with the rich countries.
Dockers’ union ILWU in the USA has joined the call for a boycott. Incidentally, most unions have rejected the coup and neighbouring countries have adopted an embargo.
Photo: IUF

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