UNISON NEC statement on Syria

UNISON condemns ‘horrific chemical attack’ and ‘any bombing raids by foreign governments which could exacerbate and prolong the conflict’

UNISON sign at the union's centre in London

UNISON condemns the horrific chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in north-western Syria on 4 April, which killed at least 80 people including women and children. Emergency services and health workers took enormous risks to care for the injured and dying.

 Hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions have been displaced by the Syrian conflict. Millions are being denied access to education and healthcare as schools and hospitals throughout Syria have been destroyed and workers forced to flee the conflict.

 This brutal proxy war has caused enormous suffering for the people of Syria, and UNISON condemns any bombing raids by foreign governments which could exacerbate and prolong the conflict. Instead we urge world leaders to focus their efforts on finding a political solution to the crisis through urgent United Nations led peace talks.