Yahya Al Faifi and his family, who live in Cardiff, are now threatened with deportation after their asylum application was refused. The family were forced to flee Saudi Arabia in 2004 after receiving threats for Yahya’s trade union activity. The trade union movement has called for an international day of action on Thursday 19th February.
At 2pm, there will be a lobby of the Home Secretary in Marsham Street, behind Millbank (Pimlico Tube Station – map). All supporters who can be there are urged to attend.
From 12 noon there will be a picket at the UK Border Agency, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) in support of this day of action and in solidarity with the demonstration in London.
Elsewhere groups are requested to protest outside British Embassies and Consulates. Please join us to demonstrate your support for this family. Bring placards and banners if you can.
As well as being a fighter for workers rights in Saudi Arabia, Yahya is involved in trade union struggle in the UK, attending picket lines and supporting the campaigns of, amoug others, council workers, job centre workers, Irish Ferries workers and teachers. This is about protecting the life of a brave, self-sacrificing trade unionist and supporting the fight to build trade unions in the Middle East.
So far, the Defend Yahya Al Faifi Campagin has the support of; Leanne Wood AM; Jeff Cuthbert, AM; Ann Clwyd, MP; Jeremy Corbyn, MP; Bob Crow, General Secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union; Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the Communications Workers Union; Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union; Wayne Thomas, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, South Wales Area; the Executive of the National Union of Journalists in Wales; the Executive of the University and College Lecturers Union in Wales; the Merseyside Port Shop Stewards; Colchester & District TUC; PCS SW Wales; Socialist Resistance; Socialist Party (England and Wales); Worker’s Liberty; Socialist Unity; Committee for a Worker’s International; Swansea Socialist Party; NCADC; Scotland Against Criminalising Communities; Inveresk Street Ingrate; Modernity Blog and Classroom Teacher. For more information, get in contact or check out the Facebook group