At STUC Congress 2007 a resolution was carried which called on the
General Council to explore the merits of the calls for boycott,
disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel until it
complies with international law and agreed human rights principles.
In September 2007 the General Council agreed a process for considering the BDS calls. A crucial part of this process was to visit the region and discuss BDS directly with trade unions from Israel and Palestine. A delegation of eleven trade unionists from the STUC visited Israel and Palestine in Spring 2009.