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Two campaigns in support of Palestinian workers     :)

In this week's mailing:

East Jerusalem workers appeal for support
Arab railway workers in Israel face discrimination, job loss
May Day 2009

East Jerusalem workers appeal for support

Twenty one Palestinian workers from East Jerusalem who have been employed by the
Israeli Antiquities Authority have lost their jobs in a bid by the employer to
get around the law. They are victims of the kind of outsourcing many of you
will be familiar with in your own countries. They've launched an international
appeal for support and it's important that we flood their employer with messages
of protest from around the world.

Please click here to send off your message today -- and spread the word!

Arab railway workers in Israel face discrimination, job loss

We've received an appeal from Sawt el-Amel, an NGO based in Nazareth, protesting
the decision by Israel Railways to deny employment to railroad crossing guards
who lack a permit to carry weapons. As such permits are usually only issued to
army veterans, 150 Arab employees now face the sack. To learn more and to send
off your message of protest, please visit the Sawt el-Amel website.

May Day 2009

May Day is perhaps the only holiday celebrated by both Israeli and Palestinian
workers. In many countries it is an enormously significant day, celebrated by
millions. In others, it has never been particularly important, or has long been
in decline.

I think that the revival of May Day is essential for a strengthened labour
movement everywhere and for the renewal of international labour solidarity.

This year, I encourage all of you to learn more about our day, the first of May,
by purchasing copies for yourselves and your union of May Day: A Short History
of the International Workers' Holiday.

This 184-page illustrated paperback is a great introduction to the history of
May Day.

LabourStart is pleased to offer it as our book of the week for only $10.00.

At that price, you should order several copies.

Remember that every book you order helps support LabourStart's campaigning

Thank you.

Eric Lee

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