UNISON stands in solidarity with trade unions and workers in Palestine and Israel who are participating in the general strike today, and supports their calls for peace, justice and rights.

We are deeply concerned by the rapid escalation of violence and support calls for the international community to take immediate steps to stop the devastating attacks and end the 54-year occupation.

Since the bombing of Gaza began on 10 May, over 200 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces, including at least 34 women and 60 children. Rockets fired from Gaza have also killed 10 people in Israel.

UNISON condemns the violence and regrets the loss of life and injury to both Palestinians and Israelis. The Israeli government must comply with international law and immediately end these deadly attacks.

Further information can be found on the National UNISON website.