Transgender policies at work

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2009 National LGBT Conference
2 July 2009
Carried as Amended

Conference recognises and commends the work that the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee has completed with regards to transgender issues. Conference also welcomes the Gender Equality Duty which will hopefully help to eliminate the prejudice and harassment of transgender members in their employment.

However, conference continues to be concerned with the lack of understanding of employers of transgender people with regards to fully involving UNISON representatives in reviewing employment policies, using the guidance provided by the UNISON Bargaining Factsheet on Negotiating for Trans Workers’ Rights to issues such as facilities use within the workplace. To this end, employers should be encouraged to develop trans policies to protect trans employees and job applicants to ensure equality.

Conference instructs the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Continue to work with regions and branches to distribute guidance on transgender employment rights to more UNISON representatives, in order to better equip them to negotiate with employers on behalf of trans members;

2.Work with regions and branches to collect together examples of trans employment policy development good practice;

3.Work with transgender equality organisations to draft policy templates to complement the UNISON Bargaining Factsheet on Negotiating for Trans Workers’ Rights.