What do union leaders say about Syria?

Trade union leaders have come out against air strikes in Syria.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes released a statement saying: “This attack has happened without a vote in Parliament and without a UN resolution which is a breach of international law. We can’t simply become a poodle for war-crazed Trump. No further British action in Syria without, at least, a vote in Westminster!”

CWU general secretary Dave Ward tweeted: “Escalation – with no accountability, no Parliamentary debate, no long term plan and no voices of reason #NotInMyNameTheresaMay.”

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey tweeted a link to Jeremy Corbyn’s Guardian article – headlined “Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony” – adding “Could not agree more with @jeremycorbyn; now, as he says, is the moment for moral and political leadership, not knee-jerk military responses. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage.”

GMB general secretary Tim Roache and BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper both re-tweeted MP Paula Sherriff, who said: “If air strikes had to happen last night then PM should have recalled Parliament to achieve a mandate, no ifs or buts. She must now explain on Monday how this action contributes to a wider strategy to protect civilians and achieve peace in the region.”

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan retweeted Labour Party general secretary Jennie Formby: “Jeremy Corbyn articulate, clear and robust on #Marr on #SyriaStrikes, in stark contrast to Boris Johnson. Theresa May WRONG not to consult Parliament, WRONG to go ahead with airstrikes without UN authority.”

And NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney retweeted David Lammy’s tweet reading: “Any MPs supporting military action and air strikes: do you remember the night in Spring 2016 when Parliament voted down the Dubs amendment to take in a few thousand children fleeing war and bloodshed in Syria? Reflect on why you now prioritise air strikes over taking in refugees?”

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