Brighton, UK – The Annual Delegate Conference of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has emerged as a beacon of solidarity, championing the cause of Sudanese people, workers, and unions. Mena Solidarity, an organisation at the forefront of promoting social justice and workers’ human rights in the Middle East and North Africa region, actively participated in the conference held from May 23 to May 25, reinforcing their commitment to raising awareness about pressing issues.
Mena Solidarity’s stall stood as a vibrant hub within the conference, showcasing our latest magazines and informative leaflets on Sudan, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
The conference brought together activists and trade unions and resonated with impassioned discussions, recommendations, and motions centred around crucial matters such as workers’ rights, LGBT rights, combatting racism, and fostering international solidarity.
Of notable significance was the successful adoption of Motion A295, proposed by the PCS London branch.
Motion A295 spearheaded an array of campaigns and commitments:
- Campaign for all Sudanese refugees to have unrestricted access to humanitarian protection in UK.
- Campaign for the UK to show the “same generosity of spirit” to those fleeing war in Sudan as it did to Ukrainians.
- Campaign for the UK government to set up safe and legal routes for Sudanese fleeing war as they did for Ukrainians fleeing war.
- Campaign for the creation of a UK Homes for Sudan scheme like the UK’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.
- Campaign for the family visa scheme set up for Ukrainian relatives of people already living in Britain to be emulated for Sudan. Sudanese families living in Britain are worried for their relatives and want the opportunity to open their homes to relatives fleeing war.
- Send a message of solidarity to Sudanese workers and trade unions.
Prominent figures within the PCS, including John Moloney, Assistant General Secretary, and Marianne Owen, HMRC Assistant Group Secretary, rallied behind the motion, lending their influential voices to the cause. Their impassioned speeches and support underscored the unwavering commitment of the PCS to support Sudanese individuals, workers, and unions, driving home the importance of collective action.
The overwhelming support and engagement witnessed at the PCS Conference signify a remarkable display of solidarity towards Sudan and its people. By tackling critical issues head-on and advocating for the rights and well-being of Sudanese refugees, the PCS delegates have epitomized their dedication to effecting positive change. Their actions reverberate far beyond the confines of the conference, instilling hope for a brighter future and a more inclusive society.
In addition to the conference proceedings, it is noteworthy to mention that the PCS generously donated to the Sudanese Doctors Association outside the conference, further exemplifying their commitment to supporting humanitarian causes and uplifting the Sudanese community.
The Public and Commercial Services Union Conference stands as a testament to the transformative power of collective action and unwavering solidarity. In a world grappling with immense challenges, the conference serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to join the journey toward a more just, equitable, and inclusive society for all.
The PCS’s overwhelming support for Sudan and its people showcased an inspiring spirit of solidarity throughout the conference. By addressing crucial issues, advocating for the rights of Sudanese refugees, and extending a helping hand, the PCS delegates demonstrated their unwavering dedication to effecting positive change. These actions reverberate beyond the conference walls, inspiring hope for a brighter future and a more inclusive society.
In a world grappling with global challenges, the Public and Commercial Services Union Conference stood as a powerful reminder of the strength inherent in collective action and the profound impact of international solidarity in fostering substantial change.
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Excellent work, very helpful for the Sudanese situation currently.