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Unite, Britain’s Biggest Trade Union, Backs the Struggle of Kobane.

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The biggest trade union in Britain, UNITE, has issued a statement of support for the Kobane resistance.

The statement came after representatives from Centre for Kurdish Progress met with UNITE officials and briefed them on the developments in the town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been holding off an ISIS onslaught for the past 48 days.

In the statement, UNITE said it “offered its support and solidarity to the brave people of Kobane” and that “The bravery shown by the Kurds in Kobane in defence of the entire community is to be commended”.

The statement also highlighted Turkey’s role in the developments and said, “we were appalled that the Turkish government put its own nationalist politics ahead of the plight of Kurdish people”.

Kurdish Question.

Photo : Frederic Lafargue

Leader of French Communist Party, Pierre Laurent, went this week with a delegation to as near to the Kobane front-line as they could get to express solidarity with our Kurdish sisters and brothers.




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Written by Andrew Coates

November 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

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  1. Beddy you’re banned: somebody else can put up with your mental health ‘issues’.

    Andrew Coates

    November 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  2. Our love to the people of Kobane: Kurdish Female Fighters of Kurdistan: The Partisan Leonard Cohen:

    Andrew Coates

    November 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    November 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

  4. Thanks Jim, I’ve just put it on Facebook:

    Fire Brigades Union backs Kobane! (from Jim)

    The FBU Executive Council is appalled by the ongoing siege of the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria by ISIS forces.
    The Executive Council notes:
    The ISIS attack on Kobane and resistance of Kurdish and other local forces.
    The role of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE (all UK/US allies) in building, assisting and encouraging the growth of ISIS.
    The particular role of the Turkish government in allowing money, arms and fighters across the border to build support for ISIS.
    The role of Turkey at various times in obstructing the flight of Kurdish and other refugees and in blocking any support for predominantly Kurdish defenders of Kobane, thereby increasing the power and influence of ISIS and likelihood of collapse of opposition to it.
    As the union of firefighting humanitarian professionals, we believe it is right to warn of the prospects of a massacre and to demand that governments (including the UK government) act to prevent atrocities. As professionals who have to deal with international humanitarian disasters as well as the effects of terrorism on our own doorstep, we cannot passively fold our arms and do nothing in the face of a likely massacre.
    We send our message of solidarity to the workers’ organisations in Turkey, Iran and Iraq, including the Kurdish workers’ organisations. We believe these are the progressive forces that can oppose oppressive governments and reactionary and sectarian forces of all types, and can best guarantee workers’ rights and ensure democratic relations between the peoples of the region.
    We support the right of Kurdish people across the Middle East to self-determination, including their right to defend themselves against attack from ISIS.
    We oppose the horrific brutality of ISIS and its sectarian and murderous behaviour towards peoples of the region.
    We condemn the Turkish government’s comments equating Kurdish fighters (including the defenders of Kobane) with ISIS.
    We have no confidence in a US/UK/French bombing campaign against ISIS, based on the bitter experience of such efforts in the last decade and on the appalling role played by the Turkish government and other key western allies in the region.
    We demand that:
    The Turkish government lifts border obstructions to refugees.
    The Turkish government allows relief efforts, including by opening a relief corridor to the Kurds and other forces defending Kobane.
    We call for the TUC to raise these matters urgently, including with the Turkish embassy, the UK government and with trade unions in Europe and elsewhere. We call for international trade union solidarity and support for the defenders of Kobane.
    Best wishes.
    Yours fraternally
    Matt Wrack
    General Secretary

    Andrew Coates

    November 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

  5. Reblogged this on digger666.


    November 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  6. Here is a statement which came out on Nov 1st from –


    “We, non-Kurdish members of the British Labour Party and Trade Unions, are calling for an urgent and significant increase in the support from Britain and other countries to the people defending the world against the onslaught of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The Kurds of Kobani, Rojava and the Kurdistan Region, including Yezidis, Christians and other minorities, are on the front line of a global battle against the vilest fascism of our age. We must help them, we must call on the world to help them, and this help must be given by whatever means necessary.

    We therefore implore the entire Labour movement, the Leadership of the Labour Party and the Trade Unions and our fellow members to use our collective influence to seek and support the following:

    The Kurds of Rojava in Syria and of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq are asking for solidarity against ISIS, which is active in both Iraq and Syria and between which there is no longer any border. We are asking that you support the use of British jets in air strikes against ISIS in both countries and urge the British government to change their position on British airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

    British government to send increased aid and arms, including heavy weapons, to the Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Kobani, and in the Kurdistan Region.”

    Now, the big difference between this statement and those of Unite and the FBU is that it is quite specific about what action should be done by a British Govt. Namely, air strikes against Isis and arms for the Kurds.

    Indeed, in the FBU statement it says –

    “As the union of firefighting humanitarian professionals, we believe it is right to warn of the prospects of a massacre and to demand that governments (including the UK government) act to prevent atrocities.”

    However, there are no suggestions as to what the UK Govt should do to prevent atrocities but further on the point is made –

    “We have no confidence in a US/UK/French bombing campaign against ISIS…”

    Well, the FBU have said they want the UK Govt to “prevent atrocities” but have “no confidence” in a bombing campaign against Isis. Well, what should the Govt do then?

    The Kurds in Kobane, on the other hand, do have confidence in the present airstrikes against Isis and are very happy to receive arms from the Americans.

    While, I am sure, the Kurds are happy for the support of Unite and the FBU, I think they would prefer Ed Miliband and the Labour Party to adopt the ideas outlined above by “Labour Solidarity with the Kurds.”

    john r

    November 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

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