Last week the Labour Party announced they are no longer going to be using G4S for their conference security. This decision by the Labour Party, which now represents 330,000 members and many more supporters, sends a clear message: our political parties can stand up and act ethically and responsibly, and this can be at the centre of how politics works.
It tells G4S loud and clear that we won’t stand for their involvement in the ongoing occupation of Palestine, their connection to global violence, or their involvement in other dodgy deals in the UK, in South Africa and around the world. This is a step in the direction of truly respecting human rights in all that we do politically. This decision is a challenge not just to G4S, but to all businesses. If you turn a blind eye to violations of human rights purely to make a profit, you’ll lose business.
We already know there’s a backlash against Labour’s decision. Those who support Israel have fallen into the trap of also supporting a shady profit hungry company. Instead of seeing G4S for the unethical, dangerous company that it is, they’ve seen this as an attack on Israel. This is not an attack on anyone, it’s people taking a stand for human rights. The people who are unhappy with this decision are going to use every trick in the book to put pressure on the Labour Party to change their mind. So we can’t be complacent. Let’s make sure our voices are heard and that we support the Labour Party’s decision.
The Labour Party has recognised that G4S’ role in the Israeli occupation of Palestine completely contradicts the values of social justice, fairness and equality at the very heart of the labour movement. Where’s the social justice in the administrative detention and torture of Palestinians? Where’s the fairness in arresting children in the middle of the night? Labour’s decision is a brave one and an ethical one, and we need to have their backs. The letter is to all of the members of the National Executive Committee who made this decision. It only takes two minutes for you to sign it.
Around the world people are standing up to challenge companies like G4S. They are making the case for justice over profit, and challenging their leaders to do the same. The Labour Party has acted for an ethical, responsible and fair politics. Palestine is part of that positive shift.