Canada's Largest Private-sector Union, Unifor, Adopts BDS Motion

The union has over 310,000 members across Canada

A BDS poster in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on June 5, 2015.
A BDS poster in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on June 5, 2015. AFP

According to reports from the Canadian Jewish News, Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, adopted a BDS motion at its convention two weeks ago.

The motion, which passed "easily," was entitled "Palestinian Self-Determination and the Movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" and calls for the organization to utilize BDS with regard to "sectors of Israel's economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories."

Unifor has over 310,000 members across Canada, and held its convention this year in Winnipeg.

After the convention, Unifor published a press release saying that it was following in the footsteps of the Palestinian trade union movement.

In response to the motion, Shimon Koffler Fogel, the CEO of Canada's Centre for Israel Affairs said, "It is appalling that Unifor has allowed itself to be drawn into the anti-Semitic, divisive and counter-productive BDS campaign against Israel. The resolution that passed last week at Unifor’s Canadian Council is misguided and shameful, and it suggests that Unifor has a complete lack of understanding of the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

He continued, saying that "BDS has been roundly rejected by all major federal political parties,” referring to the 2016 condemnation of BDS supporters by both the Liberal and Conservative parties in Canada.