PRESS RELEASE 04 November 2023
Amid the escalating death toll, the deepening humanitarian crisis, and the unfolding tragedy in Gaza, NAGKAISA Labor Coalition firmly supports the urgent call for an immediate ceasefire, the cessation of the siege of Gaza, the release of civilian hostages, and the free flow of humanitarian aid to all victims of the ongoing conflict.
NAGKAISA renounces war as instrument to subjugate nations and peoples or to advance an agenda that violate international humanitarian laws.
It therefore condemns the collective punishment inflicted to innocent people. We likewise denounce the tragic bombings of homes, hospitals, schools, and refugee camps, which have resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives, including women, children, and courageous frontline health workers.
In solidarity, NAGKAISA recognizes the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. It calls for immediate and effective actions by the community of nations to bring an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and work towards a just and lasting resolution to the longstanding conflict.
The coalition believes, however, that the political solution to this conflict won’t be realized without the immediate cessation of hostilities or the furtherance of war. Thus, the reiteration of its call for an immediate ceasefire and delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
NAGKAISA joins the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Global Union Federations (GUFs), the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and the international community in the shared hope for a peaceful and secure future for all peoples in the region.
Finally, NAGKAISA urges all parties involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict to uphold international law, protect civilians, and ensure the safety of public service and humanitarian workers. It is imperative that all parties take all possible measures to safeguard the lives of innocent civilians, who are disproportionately affected by the ongoing hostilities. ##