PCS leader calls for end to Afghan occupation

15 February 2011

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has put his name to a campaign for the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan.

Mark signed a letter to The Guardian – organised by the charity War on Want – to commemorate the anniversary of a similar call during the Korean war 60 years ago.

The new letter says: “We believe the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan is against the interests of the Afghan people.

“We call for the immediate withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, and a negotiated settlement which guarantees self-determination, security and human rights for the Afghan people.”

The signatories include six other trade union general secretaries: Bob Crow of the RMT transport union, Jeremy Dear of the NUJ journalists’ union, Billy Hayes of the CWU postal and telecoms union, Sally Hunt of the UCU education union, Len McCluskey of Unite the giant general union, and Dave Prentis of Unison the million strong public sector union.

Mark said: “"The war in Afghanistan is costing this country £2.6 billion per year, but more importantly it is needlessly costing countless lives. The war is unwinnable and is making the world less safe. That's why PCS supports the withdrawal of UK troops from Afghanistan."

The policy-making PCS annual conference has passed motions calling for the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan.

War on Want is asking people who want the occupation ended to email “Yes” to yes@waronwant.org

Read the letter in The Guardian – and the one about Korea

War on Want website

PCS’s international work

Stop the War Coalition website

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