THE people of Yemen are paying the price for British jobs with their lives as Theresa May continues to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia, TSSA conference heard yesterday.
Jill Murdoch, a delegate from the union’s Women in Focus group, accused the British government of “war crimes” for continuing to allow the export of weapons to Saudi Arabia while it bombs Yemen.
Conference heard how a staggering 194 arms licences have been issued and over £3 billion of weapons have been sold to the Saudis since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015.
Ms Murdoch slammed the Prime Minister for working closely with arms manufacturer BAE to ramp up sales in the name of jobs.
She said: “We are telling people in Yemen and elsewhere that their lives are a price worth paying for our jobs.
“It’s a national disgrace that our standard of living relies on destruction elsewhere.”
TSSA will call on the Labour Party, the TUC and relevant unions to develop an alternative strategy for the use of skills and resources of the arms industry based on the 1976 Lucas shop stewards’ plan for converting swords to ploughshares.