On Saturday thousands of people marched around the country in protest at Trump’ attack on Iran and the threat of war.
PCS members participated in a number of events.
PCS President Fran Heathcote spoke at the protest in Newcastle. She said:
“I am bringing solidarity greetings from my union, PCS
I want to take a minute to thanks Tony and the organisers, thank them on behalf of trade unions for their dedication and for organising this and so many other successful events in the north east at short notice (most of them have a day job as well, sterling effort)
The assassination of Iranian general Quassem Soleimani on 3 January was a reckless, irresponsible and probably illegal act…….
It is part of a dangerous macho game played by Donald Trump and his followers, much more about macho posturing and prestige than genuine defensive action
And was also designed to garner patriotic support for his Presidency and direct attention away from his own impeachment
There is no evidence as Donald Trump suggests that Soleimani and Iran were planning an attack on the United States, or on.four US embassies, including the one in Baghdad.
His justification for the attack has alarming similarities to the arguments used to justify war in Iraq – Saddam Hussain’s so-called weapons of mass destruction – that turned out to be a lie and led to a conflict which claimed the lives of over a million Iraqis, thousands of US and UK troops and fed the growth of the Islamic State
President Trump appears to be acting unilaterally in escalating tension in the middle east, with little consultation with his own government or western so-called allies
Importantly, there was no consultation prior to the assassination on 3 January with his new key ally Boris Johnson, which tells you all you need to know about the ongoing partnership between Britain and the United States after Brexit
All the attack has succeeded in doing is uniting millions in Iraq and Iran against the US and it’s allies
Comrades, I believe that trade unionists and the labour movement have a responsibility to oppose any further imperialist interventions in the Middle East
There has never been any evidence that war does anything other than destabilise the region
Making it more dangerous for millions of innocent children, men and women who pay for these war games with their lives
We must re-state our opposition to western intervention in Iran and the Middle East, and call for an end to US aggression and a de-escalation of the threat of further war
We must continue to put pressure on our own government, with rallies like this up and down the country, to state clearly that there will be no support from the UK for any further irresponsible acts of war in Iran, in Iraq or elsewhere
Once again, solidarity to all involved today.”
Austin Harney spoke for the NEC at the London demonstration:
“On behalf of PCS, I would like to send greetings of solidarity to all the people of Iran and to condemn the US threat of military invasion on one of the most important countries in the Middle East.
Recently, last year, PCS has, always, supported the Trade Union strikes for better wages and the women’s struggle for liberation in Iran. We will continue to support the Iranian people’s efforts for a better way of life in Iran under their current government.
But we will not tolerate the American government’s intention to interfere in Iran and impose their perception of “regime change” under Donald Trump! Previously, the United States adopted this policy of “regime change” under George W. Bush on the people of Iraq and plunged this country into turmoil.
By continuing to rise up on the streets with demonstrations, we will not allow the United States to impose “regime change” on the people of Iran! Previously, millions of us demonstrated on the streets in Britain and America, and we were pivotal in pressuring the American government to withdraw its troops from Vietnam in 1973!
Let us continue to organise these demonstrations and force the United States to pull out of the Middle East, once and for all! Solidarity!”