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[casi] A/NZ Council of Trade Unions opposition to any war against Iraq



This is passed on to you by Tony Maturin of Quaker Peace and Service
Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions National Affiliates Council,
representing more than 300,000 union members, has resolved to actively
oppose war on Iraq, CTU president Ross Wilson announced today.

In a resolution the CTU National Affiliates Council has:

 Deplored the cynical linkage by the US government of support for the war
with free trade negotiations with the US ;  Condemned any pressure that
is or may be brought to bear on NZ to drop its nuclear free policy in
exchange for free trade negotiations with the US;  Called on the NZ
government to support strengthening and implementation of existing
treaties and conventions for the elimination of nuclear, chemical and
biological weapons;  Called on the NZ government to actively work towards
mandated international inspection of all countries developing and
producing weapons of mass destruction.  Called for every effort to be
made for a long term peaceful resolution of the current situation

And has called on unions to;

 Support and participate in any rallies and community activities against
the war.  Work to increase understanding of the current international
situation amongst their members.


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