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Trade unions versus LGBTphobia

11 May, 202317 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), an opportunity for trade unions to stand in solidarity with LGBTI workers and to raise awareness of the ongoing discrimination and violence that many face.

As a global union federation representing 50 million workers, IndustriALL has a responsibility to ensure that workplaces are safe and inclusive for all workers, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. This is not only a basic human right, but it is also a key factor in creating a productive and harmonious work environment.

The Council of Global Unions (CGU) is calling on all affiliates to show support for the LGBTI community locally and globally. This could include organizing events or activities to raise awareness of the issues facing LGBTI workers, distributing educational materials, or partnering with local LGBTI organizations to show solidarity and build relationships.

A webinar will be organized on 17 May at 16:00 CEST

Join and register for the webinar: Trade Unions vs LGBTphobia


Speakers include Cleve Jones, LGBTI rights leader and union organizer from the USA, and other trade union activists like Vipawan Boksantea from IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Confederation of Industrial Labour of Thailand – CILT.

“It is important that we continue to work towards creating more inclusive policies and practices in our workplaces, such as ensuring equal benefits and protections for LGBTI workers and providing resources and support for those who may be facing discrimination or harassment.

Let’s use this day as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. Together, we can make a difference and create a better future for all workers.”

Says Atle Høie, IndustriALL general secretary.

The LGBTI workers website shares the work of global unions promoting LGBTI rights at work at national, regional, and international levels. The website is also a place for unions to share what they are doing to promote LGBTI rights, providing a dedicated space where trade union members from all over the world can discuss LGBTI issues and what they and their unions are doing to build a more tolerant and discrimination-free world.

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