Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Global app-based workers union joins boycott Chevron-branded gas stations in solidarity with Palestine

Gaza has been under a comprehensive 14-year-old blockade by Israel. Recent Secretaries General of the United Nations have called this a form of collective punishment, a prohibited act under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

App-based worker unions representing over 100,000 Uber drivers and other app-based drivers across 20 countries have united to boycott Chevron-branded gas stations, including Texaco and Caltex, in alignment with the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) campaign and the call for solidarity by Palestinian trade unions.

The International Alliance of App-Based Transport Workers (IAATW) is a global federation representing over 100,000 drivers and couriers across 20 countries and six continents, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, France, Australia, and the UK.

At the bi-annual international conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IAATW delegates unanimously passed motions showing our unequivocal support for Palestine and commitment to actions in line with the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement and the unprecedented call from more than 30 Palestinian trade unions.

This motion reiterated IAATW’s statement from October 2023 and committed to concrete action by adopting the BDS call against oil companies complicit in Israel’s occupation. As part of these solidarity efforts, IAATW drivers pledged to boycott Chevron-branded gas stations, including Texaco and Caltex, operating in all IAATW member countries.

“We believe that refusing to support entities complicit in perpetuating injustices against Palestinians is a critical step towards justice and accountability,” reads IAATW’s press statement.

According to BDS, Since 2020, Chevron has been the main international actor extracting fossil gas claimed by Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean, increasing the list of human and environmental rights violations the company is involved in worldwide, and generating billions of dollars for Israel’s genocidal war chest and apartheid regime.

“Chevron is directly involved in Israel’s policy and practice of depriving the Palestinian people of their right to sovereignty over their natural resources,” IAATW said.

“Inspired by the 1987 oil embargo against Shell for its role in South African apartheid, we, the app-based passenger transport sector for companies such as Uber, Deliveroo, JustEat, Free Now, Glovo, Lyft, Grab, DoorDash, Grubhub, Amazon, Ola, Gojek, Didi, Bolt, Careems, reiterate Palestinians’ calls for action and pledge to boycott the thousands of Chevron, Texaco, and Caltex gas and petrol stations worldwide.”

IAATW also pledged to investigate and take action against app companies utilising Israeli technology complicit in the genocide perpetrated against Palestinians.

“IAATW stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian labour movement and their struggle for national liberation; we reiterate calls for an immediate ceasefire and an end to Israeli apartheid and military occupation and call on other labour unions to do the same,” said Shaik Salauddin, Elected to the Board member of the International Alliance of App-Based Transport Workers.

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