TUFI was established to promote Israeli-Palestinian trade union co-operation and strengthen the links between the Israeli, Palestinian and British trade union movements.
Over the years, Israeli and Palestinian trade unions have set an example of co-operation in the region; something which was praised by the United Nations.
In 2008 the Histadrut (Israeli TUC) and the Palestine General Federation of Trades Unions (PGFTU) signed an agreement to base future relations on negotiation, dialogue and joint initiatives to advance “fraternity and co-existence”. This has led to a number of other historic agreements between unions representing major sectors - such as Transport and Construction - in the two sides' intertwined economies.
Through delegations and events, TUFI works to encourage the British trade union movement to play a positive role and campaign against the counter-productive and damaging "boycott Israel" calls from a minority of trade unions in the UK. Learn more about what TUFI does here.
A video from the Internaional Transport Federation (ITF) shows the signing ceremony of the successful agreement between Israeli and Palestinian transport unions.
Read more about it and see the original agreement documents here.
TUFI regularly holds events for trade unionists to learn and discuss issues surrounding: the Middle East peace process, trade unionism in Israel and Palestine, trade union co-operation in the region and the damaging effects of the boycott campaign.
TUFI’s last large event was held at the TUC Congress 2012.
In Focus - The New Histadrut
TUFI has published a new publication about the Histadrut, titled “The New Histadrut - Peace, Social Justice and the Israeli Trade Unions”.
The publication was authored by Professor Alan Johnson, who is a Senior Research Fellow at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM), and a Senior Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre.
Click here to read the new publication.
Delegations to Israel & Palestine
TUFI leads large delegations of trade unionists to Israel and Palestine once or twice a year, helping trade unionists gain a better understanding of the issues.
"A thought–provoking and well-organised trip, one which highlighted the needs of workers on both sides and vividly demonstrated the significance of a peaceful solution and its importance for both Palestinian and Israeli trade unions. If you get the opportunity to go, then do it!"
The the most recent delegation was in April 2013 - see the delegation blog here.