UNITED NATION’S CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF DISABLED PERSONS

Conference applauds the National LGBT Committee’s work on human rights which has greatly improved the understanding of human rights based approaches to the delivery of public services within the mainstream union membership as well as amongst LGBT members. Conference welcomes the previous government’s signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons […]

CAMPAIGNING AGAINST CUTS

Conference expresses concern over the Government’s proposals to address the deficit by their slash and cut approach to public services, in particularly local government and health. Conference believes the attacks on jobs and services will have a disproportionate effect on disabled, Black and other sectors of the community who are both public service workers and […]

STOP THE SURVEILLANCE OF DISABLED PEOPLE’S BENEFITS AND SPENDING POWER – DEMAND CRIMINALISATION OF INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE TAX FRAUDSTERS

This conference is gravely concerned about reports on 10 August 2010 that government intends to use credit rating firms to target disabled people claiming benefits by using intelligence about what disabled people choose to spend their benefit on. We see this latest attack as another bounty hunter initiative that could cost billions of pounds to […]

AXING OUR RIGHTS

This Conference is deeply concerned at the coalition government’s announcement on Friday 13th August of its decision to axe the Audit Commission. The Commission has played an important role in promoting the employment rights and public service provision to disabled people by those public authorities that are covered by the Disability Equality Duty. Our greatest […]

EQUALITY OF ACCESS TO PUBLICLY FUNDED FERTILITY SERVICES

The introduction of the Human Fertilization and Embryology (HFE) bill in 2008 removed the requirement on staff working in fertility clinics to consider the need for a father and replaced it with the need for supportive parenting when considering eligibility for treatment. This seemingly opened the door for lesbian and bisexual women to access publicly […]

STEPPING UP GLOBAL AWARENESS FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) SOLIDARITY INITIATIVES

Most of us take it for granted that we can organise and meet to discuss work problems, engage in political debate and challenge poor employer practices. Trade unionists in many other countries risk intimidation and even death for active membership in a union. This is all the more dangerous for our LGBT brothers and sisters, […]

Equalities the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Duty to Ensure Compliance ….. a Determined Approach

Conference, we deplore the unprecedented cuts in our vital public services and lament the shocking disregard for the compliance to the hard won advances in the Equalities agenda. Whilst the public sector duties apply primarily to public bodies they also have implications for private and voluntary sector organisations who deliver services on behalf of public […]

Recruiting and Organising Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Members

Conference notes the training on anti-racism held by the LGBT Committee at its policy weekend in March following resolutions carried by 2009 LGBT Conference. The training allowed us to recognise where we were doing well but also where we needed to improve in order for our group to become fully representative and inclusive. We recognised […]

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (NHS) SERVICES: FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR TRANS PEOPLE

national transgender member caucus Conference notes that trans people continue to experience discrimination at the hands of the NHS. The “Postcode Lottery” of Primary Care Trust (PCT) funding of Gender Reassignment services, with Trans people in some areas being refused services while others are made to wait years for funding. There are long waiting lists […]

PROTECTING SEX WORKERS AND TACKLING PROSTITUTION

Conference notes that this year’s National Delegate Conference carried motion 117 “Demand Change!”, submitted by National Women’s Conference. The resolution endorses the “Demand Change!” campaign by calling for the government to apply the ‘Nordic model’ to tackle prostitution. This model decriminalises those who sell sex acts and supports them to exit prostitution, whilst at the […]

TRANS MEMORIAL DAY

Conference stands together on Trans Memorial Day 2010 in solemn remembrance of the terrible number of trans people who have lost their lives through violent death as a result of hatred due to being who they are. We also remember those many trans people who have taken their own lives, because the bigotry and terrible […]

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

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 […]

BASE-LINING IN ORDER TO BUILD OUR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) FUTURE

This Conference is PROUD to have so many LGBT members in its membership. Conference realises that in a number of areas good progress has been made on organising LGBT members & those areas should be rightly recognised for their ongoing work & efforts. However, Conference is of the view that to properly establish where we […]

LOCATION OF CONFERENCE

Conference recognises the complexity of organising conferences but notes recently they have been held in the same city twice in three years. This imposes both financial and organisational burdens on the host region. Conference therefore instructs the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee to work with the conference office to ensure that the […]

Employment of Trans People

Submitted by Transgender Caucus Conference notes that trans people continue to experience discrimination in both gaining initial employment and retaining employment once they have transitioned and although social attitudes have moved on and despite much positive legislative change in recent years, there is still problems being encountered in the workplace. There is concern that Coalition […]