LGBTI Workers Rights News
Struggle for justice, protection and equality for all continues 17-05-2019
To mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the IUF strongly welcomes both the statement of the ILO and the video produced by UN Free&Equal. Both represent our continued common demand for justice, protection and equality for all. Consistent with IUF policy we fully endorse the content of these publications.
IUF EC calls for action on homophobic legislation in Brunei 06-04-2019
The IUF Executive Committee (EC) has condemned the introduction of new legislation in Brunei mandating death by stoning for homosexual sex and called for action to pressure the government to repeal the law.
IUF welcomes the first UN resolution on rights of intersex persons 30-03-2019
On March 22, 2019 the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted without a vote a resolution on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls in sport including women born with variations of sex characteristics.
IUF LGBTI Workers and Allies Committee logo 12-03-2019
Please find here the IUF LGBTI Workers and Allies Committee logo. We encourage IUF affiliates to download this logo and use it in their union activities around LGBTI workers' rights.
Brazil: We will have to fight daily so that they do not take away what we have already won 25-02-2019
During the 40th Meeting of the IUF Latin America Region Executive Committee (CEL) held in Buenos Aires on December 7, the trade union leader, Gisele Adão, who is a member of the CEL and an activist in support of LGBTI workers' rights in Brazil, spoke about the growing dangers that LGBTI people have faced since the government of Jair Bolsonaro took office.[read more]
Brazil: In the face of various aggressions against LGBTI people, groups are organized 25-02-2019
"In just one month following the rise to power of the government of Jair Bolsonaro, we have already realized that the LGBTI community will be one of the most affected in terms of rights," said Gisele Adão, a member of the IUF Latin American Executive Committee. "This is an openly homophobic, racist, chauvinistic, LGBTI-phobic government, and its assumption of power has fueled all kinds of previously veiled prejudices, externalizing and manifesting them in the worst way," said Gisele.[read more]
Honduras: recognition of an LGBTI activist 25-02-2019
Last year, the IUF Latin American Executive Committee unanimously recognized the work of José Zambrano, a member of the Association for a Better Life of People Infected / Affected by HIV-AIDS in Honduras (Apuvimeh), for his commitment to the struggle for gender equality and the rights of the LGBTI community.[read more]
The human rights hypocrisy of The Coca-Cola Company 10-12-2018
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that no one's rights are secure unless everyone's rights are secure, and that human rights are indivisible and inseparable.
The LGBTI community has to unite: "We are part of the working class" 21-08-2018
A self-defined transvestite woman, Isabelle, 31, is the coordinator of
the Association of Diversity of Limeira (Adlim), Brazil, a movement for
the rights of the LGBTI community in that municipality. She is also a
public employee and trade unionist. In this interview she outlines her
union work and the hard task of generating class consciousness in the
LGBTI workers are no less human 21-08-2018
The conference theme of the 10th IUF African Region titled "rights and
decent work for all - our common struggle" is engraved on my mind and
heart as a confirmation that LGBTI workers are no less human than any
other worker or person of different sexual orientation and gender
identity to them. No one can persuade any human rights activist that
homosexuals and transsexuals are not human beings to be treated with
respect and dignity like any other person. [read more]
The UN denounces epidemic of murders of LGBTI people in Mexico 20-08-2018
The United Nations has denounced the wave of killings of members of the LGBTI community in Mexico, particularly in the state of Veracruz, where nine transgender women and eight homosexual men were murdered in recent months.
CC.OO advances training material on LGBTI workers' rights 27-06-2018
IUF-affiliated CC.OO in Spain has produced training material on LGBTI related topics for its members in Spanish.[read more]
Pride month is an opportunity to stand up for LGBTI workers' rights! 22-06-2018
The IUF calls on affiliated organizations to organize, fight and win on LGBTI workers' rights and union issues and to speak out against injustice against LGBTI workers. HAPPY PRIDE!
Unite the Union Statement on London Pride 22-06-2018
This year Unite the Union will be represented by activists at community organised Pride events across the UK.
Equal and fair treatment both at work and in society is a key priority for our union, and we make it clear that we all have a duty to challenge discrimination, harassment and bullying whenever possible. Unite is proud to be a campaigning union and is proud of the work it has done over many years to support equality, particularly within the LGBT+ community.
UFCW and UNITE HERE march together for LGBTI workers' rights 20-06-2018
IUF affiliates UFCW and UNITE HERE marched together at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Pride in the USA on June 17.[read more]
UNITE HERE: Sleep with the right people 15-06-2018
IUF affiliate UNITE HERE's (USA) Pride Month graphic design for 2018! Union Pride! [read more]
RWDSU: You shouldn't have to hide who you are at work! 15-06-2018
June is #PrideMonth
. To this day, many members of the LGBTQ+ community still have to hide who they are just to earn a living. That must change. We need to ensure that everyone is protected & safe in the workplace..[read more]
UFCW celebrates Pride Month 15-06-2018
Throughout the month of June, UFCW locals across the country are
celebrating diversity and inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ members and all
UFCW updates non-discrimination LGBTI language in Cargill collective agreement 25-05-2018
IUF-affiliated UFCW's Local 1776 successfully negotiated positive LGBTI language with Cargill that entirely removes heterosexual bias terminology throughout the existing contract.
New IUF Africa publication: a resource for fighting for LGBTI workers' rights 09-02-2018
LGBTI workers' rights are human rights 08-12-2017
On this International Human Rights Day, the IUF joins with all those around the world calling for the full recognition of LGBTI rights as human rights.
Organizing, fighting and winning together: the IUF 27th Congress 05-09-2017
The 27th IUF Congress, held in Geneva from August 29 to September 1, 2017, was the largest, most representative, and most participatory Congress in our history. Of the 518 participants from around the world, 339 official delegates took part in the work of the Congress - an increase of nearly 29% over 2012. All regions and sectors were strongly represented in a Congress marked by a high degree of enthusiasm, militancy and solidarity.
'Don't sleep with the Sultan' - Protests at the Dorchester hotels 27-06-2014
Hotel workers in Los Angeles, London, Geneva, Paris, Rome and Milan held protests on June 27 and 30 outside the famous Dorchester hotels over laws enacted by the hotel owner, the Sultan of Brunei, which violate the basic human rights of the citizens of his country.[read more]