[The petition below is being circulated within the Australian trade union movement].
We, the undersigned trade unionists, call on the Rudd government to denounce the latest Israeli aggression against Gaza, and to cut all economic, diplomatic, cultural and political ties with the Israeli state until this aggression and the Israeli siege of Gaza ends.
We also call on the Australian Council of Trade Unions and State, Territory and regional trades and labour councils to:
1. Demand that the Rudd government adopt this approach towards the Israeli attack on Gaza;
2. Give full organisational and financial support to the protest movement in Australia against the Israeli aggression.
Lead signatories (positions for identification purposes only)
Dr James Doughney, Victorian State President, National Tertiary Education Union
Tim Gooden, Secretary, Geelong and regions Trades and Labour Council
Steve Dargaval, Victorian State Secretary, Australian Manufacuring Workers Union
Burt Blackburne, National Assistant Secretary, Communications Division, Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union.
Col Cooper, former National Secretary, Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union