University employees in California announce mass strike in solidarity with student protests for Palestine

University employees in California announce mass strike in solidarity with student protests for Palestine

At least 48,000 workers at 10 universities affiliated with the “University of California System” and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US state of California voted on Saturday to begin a strike in defence of the right to protest for Palestine.

This comes after the arrest campaigns and attacks on students protesters in tents, who were demanding an end to the Zionist aggression against Gaza, and after the failure of the university administration to address complaints regarding the handling of pro-Palestinian protests.

Activists considered that the vote of the university workers’ union to begin a strike next Monday constitutes a historic decision that may push unions in other universities and labour federations to strike in defence of the students’ right to protest for the Palestinian cause.

The strike announcement comes two days after academic workers at the University of California voted, as the union considered that this came after the university system changed policies related to freedom of expression and discrimination in pro-Palestinian speeches and allowed attacks on demonstrators during their sit-in.

In this context, high schools in the state of Wisconsin, preceded by schools in the state of Illinois, joined the student protests at American universities by leaving the classrooms after the second or third period and organising marches inside schools to demand an end to the aggression against Gaza.