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Australian unions behind the ban

Nuclear weapons pose a grave threat to humanity. This threat undermines everything the global trade union movement has fought for and won. It undermines workers’ rights, social justice and environmental protections. In the event of a nuclear catastrophe, workers would be the first to respond.

Unions have long championed campaigns for peace and nuclear disarmament. Australian unions are now putting their weight behind the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and joining the call for Australia to sign and ratify this vital accord.

 

+ Australian Council of Trade Unions

“The ACTU has always supported efforts to ensure a peaceful world because we know it is working people who suffer during war.  ICAN’s work in moving us towards a world free from the threat of total annihilation by nuclear weapons is something all working people should support and one the ACTU is proud to support.”

- Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary.

The ACTU is an ICAN partner organisation.

Image: ACTU Secretary Sally McManus with the Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to ICAN in 2017 (April 2018).

+ Australian Education Union

“The AEU Federal Executive has voted to support the campaign for Australia to join the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The AEU is proud to support ICAN and efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons and the threat they pose to humanity.  We call on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”

- Susan Hopgood, AEU Federal Secretary, October 2018.

The AEU is an ICAN partner organisation.

ICAN representatives have met with the AEU Victorian and ACT branches, to share our Nobel Peace Prize medal and discuss the treaty.

Image: AEU ACT Secretary Glenn Fowler with ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize, June 2018.

Image: Dr Margaret Beavis, ICAN Australia board member, with AEU Victoria Vice-President Justin Mullaly, June 2018.

+ Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union

“Nobody wins a nuclear war, especially workers.”

- Andrew Dettmer, National President of the AMWU.

Andrew spoke passionately about the role of the labour movement in pushing for nuclear disarmament at the ICAN’s Fringe event during the 2018 ACTU Congress in Brisbane.

The AMWU (Victoria) is an ICAN partner organisation.

Image: Andrew Dettmer speaking at the ACTU Congress Fringe, July 2018.

+ Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

“Now more than ever, it is time for nurses and midwives all over the world and in Australia, as the advocates for the health and wellbeing of the population and the planet to get on board and understand the issues and participate in the movement to get the Treaty signed. It is one of the most important call to arms ever… there is a lot at stake.”

- Sally-Anne Jones, ANMF Federal President, in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, October 2018.

“The stakes are high; it is up to all of us to ensure Australia sides with international law and becomes part of the solution, by signing and ratifying the nuclear weapon ban treaty. I hope that every nurse and midwife reading this considers what action they will take in calling for our Federal Government to act now and join the movement for global nuclear disarmament by signing the treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. We need to act now, to show our support for a peaceful future, where nobody is at threat of a nuclear attack or disaster.”

- Lori-Anne Sharp, ANMF Assistant Federal Secretary, in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, October 2018.

The ANMF is an ICAN partner organisation.

Image: Gem Romuld, ICAN Australian Director, Lori-Anne Sharp, ANMF Assistant Federal Secretary and Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, ICAN co-founder, in June 2018.

+ Australian Services Union

The ASU is a supporter of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Union passed the following resolution at their national conference on November 21, 2018. ICAN board members Dave Sweeney and Daisy Gardener presented to the conference.

Resolution on the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Australian Services Union welcomes the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in 2017. This treaty is the first agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, placing them in the same legal category as antipersonnel mines, cluster munitions, chemical and biological weapons.

ASU National Conference shares with ICAN deep concerns about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons. We recognise the urgent need to rid the world of these abhorrent and immoral weapons.

Australia joining the TPNW is an essential step on the path towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. The Australian Services Union calls on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the treaty as a humanitarian imperative.

Image: ICAN board members Daisy Gardener and Dave Sweeney with the Labor leader Bill Shorten MP at the ASU National Conference, Sydney, November 2018.

Image: Matt Norrey, Daisy Gardener, Dave Sweeney and Imogen Sturni at the ASU National Conference, Sydney, November 2018

+ Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council

The Ballarat Regional TLC is a strong supporter of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Image: Brett Edgington, Secretary of the Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council, and Chip Eling, Secretary of the North East Border Trades and Labour Council, with ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize medal. ACTU Congress, Brisbane, July 2018.

+ Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Sector Union of Australia

The CEPU National Council unanimously passed the below resolution on 12 December 2018.

 

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia:

Acknowledges the devastating humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or by accident.

Notes and welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at the United Nations in 2017 as a significant step towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Congratulates the Australian-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for their role in bringing about the TPNW, for which they were awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Calls on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the TPNW as a matter of urgency.

+ Community and Public Sector Union

“Can you imagine a world free from the threat of nuclear annihilation? Where the investment in nuclear weapons is rather spent investing in developing people’s potential for peaceful societies?

We can, and we campaign for nuclear disarmament to become a shared endeavour, and that nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states take disarmament seriously.”

- Karen Batt, State Secretary, CPSU Victoria.

The CPSU is a supporter of ICAN and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. At the October Council meeting CPSU Victoria passed the following resolution:

CPSU SPSF Victorian Branch thanks Dave Sweeney (ACF) and Margaret Beavis (ICAN) for their presentation on the global campaign for a Nuclear Weapons prohibition treaty and congratulates ICAN on the achievement of winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

The union resolves to support the ICAN campaign by committing to promoting the dissemination of information on this important issue to our members. Further the Branch Secretary is directed to write to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition requesting that Australia commit to signing and ratifying the Treaty.

ICAN will present to the CPSU National Council in December.

Image: CPSU Victoria Council with ICAN Australia Co-Chair Dr Margaret Beavis and ICAN Australia board member Dave Sweeney, October 2018.

+ Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union

The CFMMEU is a proud supporter of the nuclear weapon ban treaty. National Secretary Michael O’Connor welcomed Labor’s commitment to sign and ratify the treaty during the December 2018 national Labor conference.

Image: Michael O’Connor with ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize medal on 18 December 2018.

+ Electrical Trades’ Union

“These weapons will solve nothing and the global community should sign on and ratify this treaty – and we hope Australia is one of those signatories, not the last.”

- David Mier, Assistant National Secretary of the ETU.

The ETU backs the nuclear weapon ban treaty and has given in-principle support to the push for the Australian Labor Party to commit to signing and ratifying it as a matter of urgency. For further detail, please read ‘Why the ETU backs the nuclear weapons ban’.

Image: Nicholas McCallum, Assistant National Secretary David Mier, WA State Secretary Peter Carter and National Apprentice Officer Mark Burgess with the Nobel Peace Prize medal at the ACTU Congress in Brisbane, July 2018.

+ Geelong Trades Hall Council

Geelong Trades Hall Council is a supporter of ICAN and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The following resolution was passed in August 2018:

The Geelong Trades Hall Council

  • Acknowledges the devastating humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or by accident.
  • Supports a nuclear-free defence policy for Australia.  Nuclear weapons are inherently indiscriminate and inhumane.  Their existence and politics for their use threaten the security of all.
  • Notes and welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at the United Nations in 2017 as a significant step towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.
  • Congratulates the Australian-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for their role in bringing about the TPNW, for which they are awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Calls on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the TPNW as a matter of urgency.

 

Image: Colin Vernon, Secretary of the Geelong Trades Hall Council, with ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize medal at the ACTU Congress in Brisbane, July 2018.

+ Health Services Union

The Health Services Union and the Health and Community Services Union, together, are aware of the role health workers’ would be required to play in the event of a nuclear attack. The following resolution was moved by HSU WA Secretary Dan Hill and unanimously endorsed on 16 November 2018:

The National Council of the Health Services Union:

  1. Acknowledges the devastating humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or by accident.
  2. Acknowledges that health workers would be among the first to respond to a nuclear attack. Most hospitals and support services would be rendered non-functional.
  3. Supports a nuclear-free defence policy for Australia. Nuclear weapons are inherently indiscriminate and inhumane. Their existence and policies for their use threaten the security of all.
  4. Notes and welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at the United Nations in 2017 as a significant step towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.
  5. Congratulates the Australian-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for their role in bringing about the TPNW, for which they were awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
  6. Calls on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the TPNW as a matter of urgency.

Image: HSU WA Secretary Dan Hill, ICAN Australian Director Gem Romuld and HSU WA President Cheryl Hamill at the national HSU conference in Sydney, 15 November 2018.

+ Maritime Union of Australia

“Australia’s boycott [of the nuclear weapon ban treaty negotiations] will have grave implications. It calls into question our commitment to the UN but also to the 1968 nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and makes advocacy in other areas less credible. Who will believe government claims to want peace and security if Australia actively undermines this historic effort to strengthen international law and give effect to the disarmament obligation written into the non-proliferation treaty…

- ‘Peace is union business’, Warren Smith, Assistant National Secretary of the MUA, September 2017

“The MUA stands for nuclear disarmament, in solidarity with all workers and nations seeking a world free of nuclear weapons. We are committed to ensuring Australia signs and ratifies the nuclear weapon ban treaty.”

- Warren Smith, October 2018. The MUA is a proud anti-nuclear union. MUA Victoria is an ICAN partner organisation.

Image: Joe Deakin, MUA Sydney Assistant Branch Secretary, speaking on the Peace Boat in Sydney, February 2018.

+ National Tertiary Education Union

“There really is an opportunity to see the elimination of nuclear weapons through the ICAN treaty and campaign.”

- Jeannie Rea, NTEU Immediate Past National President.

The NTEU is advocating for parliamentarians to join the Parliamentary Pledge in support of the nuclear weapon ban treaty. This commitment is detailed in the NTEU Advocate article, ‘We can win a nuclear weapons ban treaty’.

The NTEU is an ICAN partner organisation.

Image: NTEU and ICAN representatives with the Nobel Peace Prize medal in Melbourne, June 2018.

Image: Immediate past National President Jeannie Rea speaking out at the Nobel Peace Ride send-off in Melbourne on 2 September, 2018. Credit: Dimity Hawkins.

+ North East Border Trades and Labour Council

The NEBTLC is an active supporter of ICAN and the nuclear weapon ban treaty. The Council supported the Albury/Wodonga leg of the Nobel Peace Ride and Chip Eling spoke out on the need for government action at the public event.

Image: Chip Eling at the Albury/Wodonga Nobel Peace Ride event, September 2018.

+ Queensland Council of Unions

The QCU is a supporter of ICAN and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Image: Michael Clifford, Assistant General Secretary, speaking at the ICAN Fringe event during the ACTU Congress, July 2018.

+ Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Victoria

“The big end of town will always try to use workers as pawns in their political wars. As unionists we must all stand united for dignity and justice and demand that Australia join the nuclear ban treaty to reject the use of immoral weapons and safeguard our future prosperity.”

- Luba Grigorovitch, Secretary of RTBU Victoria.

The RTBU Victoria is an ICAN partner organisation and a strong supporter of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Image: Luba Grigorovitch, RTBU Victoria Secretary, ICAN co-founder Tilman Ruff and Amedeo D’Aprano, RTBU Victoria, April 2018.

+ South Australian Unions

SA Unions is a supporter of ICAN and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

+ South Coast Labour Council

 ”Now is the time for leadership, let’s start leave the arms race behind and start a new one for peace. Let the will of the people prevail.”

- Arthur Rorris, Secretary, South Coast Labour Council.

The SCLC is a supporter of ICAN and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring support for the treaty on 12 December 2018.

Image: South Coast Labour Council with Gem Romuld, ICAN, in Wollongong on 12 December 2018.

+ Unions ACT

“UnionsACT is a proud supporter of the treaty to ban nuclear weapons… There is no peace with nuclear weapons.”

- Alex White, Secretary of Unions ACT.

UnionsACT has been a long-standing supporter of peace and total nuclear disarmament, and in 2018 the UnionsACT Executive supported calling on the Federal Government and Federal Labor to support the nuclear weapons ban treaty.

UnionsACT is an ICAN partner organisation.

Image: Unions ACT at the Nobel Peace March in Canberra, September 2018.

Image: Alex White, Unions ACT Secretary, speaking at the Nobel Peace March, September 2018.

+ Unions Tasmania

Unions Tasmania notes the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted in July 2017. Nuclear weapons have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. In the event of a nuclear event, it will be workers who are the first to respond. Unions Tasmania notes that more than 20 unions and labour councils in Australia have pledged their support for the ICAN campaign. 
 
Unions Tasmania supports the abolition of nuclear weapons and calls on Australia to ratify this important accord.
- December 2018.

Unions Tasmania is a strong supporter of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Image: Unions Tasmania Secretary Jessica Munday at the national Labor conference, 17 December 2018.

+ Unions Western Australia

“UnionsWA supports ICAN and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and agrees that the abolition of such weapons is a global public good of the highest order and an essential step to promote the security and well-being of all peoples. Our council has endorsed the campaign for Australia to join the treaty and encourages all political parties and politicians to support this goal.”

- Unions WA, October 2018.

+ United Firefighters’ Union

The UFU is an active supporter of ICAN, working for Australia to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Firefighters would be among the first to attempt to respond to a nuclear attack.

The UFU ACT supported the Nobel Peace Ride, a 900km bicycle journey from Melbourne to Canberra, by welcoming the cyclists into the ACT with a firetruck and a pellaton of firefighters. The next day, a firetruck escorted the Nobel Peace March from the Peace Bell to Parliament House.

Image: UFU ACT escort members of the Nobel Peace Ride into Canberra, September 2018.

Image: ICAN with representatives of the UFU ACT in Canberra, June 2018.

+ United Voice

United Voice is a supporter of ICAN and UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The National Executive has endorsed the push for Australia to join the treaty, and supports a Labor commitment to signing on when next in Government.

+ Victorian Trades Hall Council

“Victorian Trades Hall Council is proud to support ICAN and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and we are honoured that ICAN calls Victorian Trades Hall home in Melbourne. It is workers that lose their lives and livelihoods during war and conflict, and we stand in solidarity with everyone fighting for a world free of nuclear weapons.”

- Luke Hilakari, Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council, November 2018.

The Victorian Trades Hall Council calls on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the nuclear weapon ban treaty.

VTHC Executive congratulates ICAN for being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their essential work around the abolition of nuclear weapons. VTHC Executive urges delegates at the 48th ALP National Conference to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty Declaration urging Labor to ratify the Treaty.

- Resolution passed in June 2018.

The Victorian Trades Hall Council is an ICAN partner organisation.

Image: ICAN and the Victorian Trades Hall Council Executive with the Nobel Peace Prize medal in June, 2018.

 

 


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