ITUC calls for a treaty banning nuclear weapons

May 23, 2014

“We call for urgent negotiations on a treaty to ban the use, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of nuclear weapons as a first step towards their complete eradication.”

This call was included in the main resolution adopted by International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) World Congress, a gathering of more than 1500 trade unionists from 161 countries, in Berlin on Friday 23 May 2014. In the run-up to the event, several ICAN partner organisations encouraged their national trade union confederation to support the resolution, sponsored by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO).

According to the Norwegian online newspaper,  Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions has worked for several months to have this call included in the ITUC World Congress.

“We envisage a treaty banning nuclear weapons, along the lines of the treaties banning landmines and cluster munitions … We are in a situation that has only one possible solution, namely that nuclear weapons are prohibited and eliminated for ever”, says Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions’ secretary Renee Rasmussen. Rasmussen added that firefighters, ambulance and health professionals would risk lethal radioactive exposure if they were to provide assistance in the event of a nuclear detonation.

“Fantastic news from International Trade Union Confederation’s Congress in Berlin today!’ said Liv Tørres,  General Secretary of  ICAN partner Norwegian People’s Aid. Once again the international trade union movement shows that they are a leading force for change. We are proud that it was the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) who spearheaded the resolution. With almost 200 million members around the world, we trust that the ITUC will add major power and energy to the international movement for a ban on nuclear weapons.”

  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate