Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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Boycott works!

The impact of the successful global Boycott Divestment Sanction campaign against Veolia: Lost Contracts and legal actions

Oct 2011: Alstom lost the bid for the second phase of the Saudi Haramain Railway project, worth $10 billion US dollars, after pressure from the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, including effective campaigning from the newly launched KARAMA, a European campaign to Keep Alstom Rail And Metro Away.

February 2011 Tower Hamlets Borough (London) passed a motion to review all contracts with Veolia, not to place any more contracts with the company and to terminate any relationship with Veolia.

Late 2010-2011 : Veolia has lost waste management contracts with Edinburgh, Richmond, Portsmouth, Winchester and East Hants, South London Waste Management and London Borough of Ealing after vigorous local campaigns for exclusion.  

After a successful local campaign, Veolia Environmental Services lost the contract for waste management with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in the west Midlands.

Oct 2010: Cork City Council passed a motion (18:1) not to renew any further contracts with Veolia in light of Veolia’s collaboration with the apartheid Israeli regime.

June 2010: Donegal County Council passed a motion not to renew any further contracts with Veolia in light of Veolia’s collaboration with the apartheid Israeli regime.

May 2010: Castlebar Town Council unanimously backed a motion urging the Town Manager not to sign any new or renew any existing contracts with Veolia while the company supports Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank.

June 2010Swansea City Council passed a resolution to exclude Veolia from all future contracts.Swansea is the second largest city inWales and the first council inUK to pass such a resolution.

May 2010: Dublin City Council, the first (European capital to do so) passed a motion not to renew any further contracts with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupiedPalestine. 

July 2009: Veolia lose an Australian desalination contract worth $3.5B

June 2009: Reports indicate that due to international pressure Veolia is withdrawing from the light rail project however this has not been confirmed. Alstom remains involved in the project. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/jerusalem-rail-operator-jumps-ship-tel-aviv-group-isn-t-even-responding-1.277545

June 2009: The city of Melbourne,Australia stripped Connex of their contract to run Melbourne’s trams and Hong Kong’s MTR.

The city of Tehran announces that Veolia will be excluded from bidding for key contracts in the city’s transportation services.

April 2009: GalwayCity Council voted not to renew or enter into any new contract’s with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupiedPalestine.

A French Court agreed to hear the case that was launched against Veolia and Alstom by Association France-Palestine Solidarité and the PLO in 2007. This case could set precedence for taking legal actions against corporations in their home countries for international law violations they commit inPalestine.

AFPS Press Release http://www.france-palestine.org/IMG/pdf/AFPS_Press_release_-_light_railway_22_dec_09.pdf

Veolia loses a contact worth 750 million Euros in Bordeaux, France.

March 2009: The Swedish National Pension fund divested from Alstom as the reported human rights abuses regarding the company’s participation in a railway project in Jerusalem made it not suitable for pension funds investments. 

February 2009:SligoCounty Council passed a motion not to renew any further contracts with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupiedPalestine. 

January 2009: Veolia loses 4.5 billion dollar contract to run the subway in Stockholm, Sweden. http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/274

November 2006: ASN, a Dutch bank, breaks off financial relations with Veolia “Due to the direct nature of Veolia’s involvement, we are of the opinion that Veolia’s activities inJerusalem are in conflict with UN Resolutions. Therefore, on this current information Veolia will be removed from our investment universe.” 

Dutch bank divests holdings in J’lem light rail, cites settlements, Haaretz published December 2006, http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/dutch-bank-divests-holdings-in-j-lem-light-rail-cites-settlements-1.206053

Principled Dutch bank ends relations with Veolia , Electronic Intifada, November 2006 Adri Nieuwhof http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6076.shtml

August 2006: Irish train drivers forces Veolia to cancel plans to train Israeli drivers and engineers in Ireland. They were to be trained on the Dublin Luas which is nearly identical to the one being constructed in Jerusalem. http://www.labournet.net/world/0608/tram1.html

Connex Ireland forced to cancel contract with Occupation Worldwide Activism, Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign,Aug 19, 2006 http://stopthewall.org/worldwideactivism/1277.shtml