The International Transport Workers’ Federation is committed to assisting and supporting unions in the Arab World to develop more effective responses to transport restructuring as well as building industrial solidarity in the region and promoting the role of women and young workers in developing their unions.

As part of this ongoing work the ITF youth committee has made supporting workers in Palestine a priority – and that’s where the 4 day ITF Youth in Palestine mission comes in.

Members of the global youth committee from Unifor in Canada, the Maritime Union of Australia, Unite the Union in the UK, in Singpore and SATAWU in South Africa are spending four days in Palestine (9-12 May 2016). During their visit they will trade information, share organising and education agendas and build links with young transport workers from the Palestinian transport union.

They will meet with the Palestinian Minister of Transport and make contact with truck drivers at the Irtah border crossing where the ITF Palestinian truck drivers assistance project was launched in 2007.

Check daily for reports, pictures, film and more from the group who will be blogging on their experiences and the way forward for further organising and projects to support transport workers in the region.