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Global unions launch toolkit to support LGBTQI+ workers under ILO C190

18 January, 2024In a step forward for workplace equality and safety, Global union federations (GUFs) have launched a comprehensive Toolkit for LGBTQI+ workers.

This initiative aligns with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190, targeting violence and harassment in the workplace, which came into force on 25 June, 2021.

Facilitator guide Participant workbook

Convention 190, the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence, has been a focal point for the campaign to ratify Convention 190. Alongside Recommendation 206, it forms a framework for creating safer, more respectful work environments globally.

Understanding the unique challenges faced by LGBTQI+ individuals, the new toolkit specifically addresses violence and harassment against this community. It includes two key resources: the LGBTQI+ Facilitator Guide and the LGBTQI+ Participant Workbook.

The LGBTQI+ Facilitator Guide is a tool for educators and facilitators. It has three modules with various activities designed to enhance understanding of violence and harassment against LGBTQI+ workers. The guide aims not only to raise awareness but also to foster meaningful discussions and proactive measures in both unions and workplaces. It is structured to cater to different knowledge levels, making it accessible and effective for a wide audience.

Complementing the facilitator guide, the LGBTQI+ Participant Workbook is a resource for trade union members, LGBTQI+ workers, and activists. This workbook breaks down into three main modules: raising awareness, taking action in the workplace, and union-based actions. Each module is packed with activities focusing on understanding the unique vulnerabilities of LGBTQI+ individuals, the impact of violence and harassment, and practical strategies to combat these issues. The workbook underscores the importance of implementing ILO's C190 and fosters the creation of inclusive, respectful work environments.

“IndustriALL is committed to promoting ILO Convention 190. We recognize the crucial role unions play in ensuring the ratification and implementation of C190 into national legislation. The train the trainers toolkit: for LGBTQ+ workers and the toolkit on Violence and harassment in the world of work released in 2022 is part of this broader effort, developed in collaboration with other global unions to raise awareness and facilitate action around the convention.”

Said Christine Olivier, IndustriALL assistant general secretary.

Through these resources, GUFs aim to empower unions and their members worldwide to advocate for the rights of LGBQTI+ workers, ensuring that the principles of Convention 190 are not only recognized but actively integrated into workplace cultures. The toolkit is one of many important steps towards a world where all workers, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity, can work free from fear and discrimination.