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General Union of Palestinian Workers (GUPWo)

GENERAL UNION OF PALESTINIAN WORKERS (GUPWo)

Organization created in 1963 in Cairo by exiled Palestinian trade unionists. It is part of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and like the other Palestinian General Unions is represented on the PLO's governing body, the Palestine National Council. Its main focus is the Palestinian national
struggle. It has branches in both Arab and non-Arab countries and represents those associated with the main organizations within the PLO. In the 1970s it trained and supported fidaʾiyyun who fought in the 1973 Arab-Israel War and in the Lebanese Civil War's factional fighting from 1975 to 1990. Although in theory it represents all Palestinian workers, independent unions not under Palestine Authority (PA) control do exist, and they have a more contentious relationship with the PA.


SEE ALSO Arab-Israel War (1973); Palestine Authority; Palestine Liberation Organization; Palestine National Council.

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