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Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual & Transgender Conference 2005
29 July 2005

Conference welcomes the growth in awareness of the international dimension in LGBT trade union work. In particular we note:

1.An increase in regional group affiliations to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and active participation by regional groups in ILGA’s work;

2.The profile of international issues at this year’s TUC LGBT conference, including the highlight of a speaker from the Jamaican Federation of Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays, J-FLAG;

3.Continuing work on HIV/AIDS as both a domestic and international issue;

4.The forthcoming TUC conference on LGBT international issues, to take place in London in February 2006.

Conference equally welcomes the progress of LGBT issues on the global trade union stage, including the:

A.Launch of an LGBT trade union network at the last conference of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions;

B.Panel on trade unions and LGBT rights held during the 2005 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, which was sponsored by the British TUC and included panellists from ILGA, Public Services International and Education International.

Conference calls on branch and regional groups to build international issues into their work and encourage individual members to participate in campaigns and solidarity actions.

Conference also calls on regional LGBT groups to liaise with regional black members groups to consider ways to support J-FLAG.

Conference instructs the National LGBT Committee to continue to push for LGBT workers rights to be a core part of the global trade union agenda.