¡Nae Pasaran!Posted: April 20, 2015
Trade unions continue to support international struggles – we have written several times about the links between UNISON and UNE in Nicaragua. UNITE also has a long track record of support for international causes. But til the end of the 70s, trade unions were ready (before anti-union laws which are still on the books today) to take direct action to support causes.
One of the best examples is the Rolls Royce workers in East Kilbride. The union refused to service some of the engines for the Chilean Air Force’s Hawker Hunter jets. Now some of the leaders have received awards from the present Chilean government for their support.
Today not many know the story. But a film maker, with Chilean roots, is trying to raise money to tell the story in film – ¡Nae Pasaran! You can contribute by giving to the Kickstarter appeal – see here.
In Wales support continues through El Sueño Existe, which remembers Victor Jara. Recently a Court in the United States accepted a case on Victor Jara’s murder. Pedro Pablo Barrientos Núñez, who is now a US citizen living in Florida, is accused of torturing and murdering Jara. Two year’s ago Victor was commemorated in a film, made by the animator Louise Emily Thomas, with the music of The Melodic.
The Victor Jara festival is coming up again, at the end of July. The Campaign has been co-operating with the organisers, El Sueño Existe, to invite Nicaragua’s Ambassador, Guisell Morales Echaverry, to speak during the festival.