Messages of solidarity

Trade unions from around the world have joined in sending messages of solidarity at news of the terrorist attack in Christchurch.

PSIFrom Public Services International (PSI) 

We stand in solidarity with the brave workers who put their lives on the line to save citizens from this brutal hate-crime and with the families of those murdered.

You are all in the thoughts of public service workers around the world.

Rosa Pavanelli - PSI General Secretary 


From the CTU secretary, Sam Huggard on 15 March 2018:

“To our Christchurch union sisters and brothers, tēnā tatou katoa.

I wanted to write with our love and solidarity for you all this afternoon, as like you I’m shocked and upset hearing about what has happened in your city today .

Injustice, intolerance and racism has no place in our communities nor anywhere in the world. I am so deeply sorry for our friends in the Muslim community in Christchurch for the devastation that this horrific act of violence and terror has caused.

As delegates and organisers many of you will be supporting workers personally affected by this violence in the coming days, and I wish you strength.

Many of you will also be supporting the hundreds of emergency services staff across the region as they work hard in our hospitals, councils, community services and elsewhere, and the teaching, tertiary, council and other staff in areas of lockdown right now. Can I pass on our deepest gratitude for the work of all our public service personnel today.

In solidarity, Sam”


From the International Trade Union Confederation, via the NZCTU 

I was shocked and horrified at the news of the terrorist activity at the two mosques in Christchurch. 

On behalf of the world trade union movement, I send sympathy and condolences to the victims, their families, communities and work mates, as well as solidarity and praise for the prompt and fearless response of workers in the emergency services, and all those in the (NZ trade union movement) who will be dealing with the aftermath.  

The ITUC put peace and social solidarity at the heart of our objectives at the (ITUC) Congress held recently in Copenhagen. That commitment is never more necessary than now. 

Do let me know if there is anything that the ITUC or the world's trade unionists can do to help.

Yours sincerely,
Sharan Burrow - ITUC General Secretary



From UNISON, the public service union | London

On behalf of UNISON I would like to extend our condolences to the people of New Zealand following the brutal murder of so many innocent people in their places of worship, and our solidarity with the members of the Public Service Association, many of whom will have been on the front line responding to the tragic events. 

I know the victims, their families and all the people of New Zealand will be in the thoughts and prayers of UNISON members today. 

Yours sincerely,
Dave Prentis - General Secretary



From the European Public Service Union | Brussels 

The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) expresses its solidarity with you, your members and the New Zealand people in this moment of shock, after the horrifying shootings that occurred in Christchurch. We salute the work of the first responders and emergency workers in these very difficult circumstances. 

The attack targeted the values of freedom, social justice, equality and democracy. It has also unleashed an atmosphere of fear that needs to be fought. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and co-workers of those killed and injured. 

We must all stand against extremism everywhere. 

Our most sincere condolences.

Sincerely yours, 
Jan Willem Goudriaan - EPSU General Secretary




From the Public Service Association of New South Wales

It is with heartfelt sorrow that we have been following the tragic developments in Christchurch. 

On behalf of the members of the Public Service Association of NSW, we offer our deepest sympathies. 

Our wishes and prayer are with all the victims of this terrible tragedy, the dead, the injured and the bereaved alike. 

In solidarity,
Kylie McKelvie - PSA NSW President
Stewart Little - PSA NSW General Secretary



From the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

This is a quick note to let you know that your friends in the American Labor movement stand with you during this time of terrible tragedy and sadness.

The hatred behind this terrible act is antithetical to our common values and I know your union will be at the forefront of calling for civility and acceptance of all people.

Steve Kreisberg
AFSCME - Director of Research and Collective Bargaining Services



From the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU)

On Twitter: Solidarity from the 78,000+ members and staff of the BCGEU and our president Stephanie Smith