LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) EQUALITY ALL OVER THE WORLD – THE ROLE OF THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT

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Conference
2010 National LGBT Conference
Date
30 July 2010
Decision
Carried

This Conference celebrates how the trade union movement is working towards LGBT equality all over the world.

Over recent years this has included:

1.Raising issues of sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression discrimination in the International Labour Organisation;

2.Supporting the work of ILGA and ILGA-Europe;

3.Protesting against laws and proposed laws against LGBT people;

4.Campaigning for freedom of assembly so LGBT Pride events can take place.

Recent actions have included an LGBT equality programme by the European Trades Union Congress (ETUC), trade union support for Europride in Warsaw, the development of LGBT work by The All Poland Alliance of Trade Unions OPZZ, who held a groundbreaking LGBT conference at Europride, and the continuing joint LGBT programme of Education International and Public Services International.

Conference endorses the commitment of ILGA-Europe to work with Central and Eastern European and non European Union countries to work with their trade unions. We believe that UNISON can contribute to this to develop effective organisation of LGBT members and other self organised groups.

Conference notes that trade union equality work is bringing visible results, making a real difference to the struggle for equality and human rights the world over. Conference urges the National LGBT Committee to continue its international work, in particular:

A.Continuing to work with ILGA and ILGA-Europe and encouraging branch and regional LGBT groups to affiliate;

B.Working closely with UNISON’s international department and in liaison with the TUC’s international department;

C.Raising awareness of international issues through Out in UNISON and activities at our LGBT conference.