LGBTI Workers' Rights


US: Airport Starbucks LGBTI workers face discrimination

03.03.20 News

IUF-affiliated UNITE HERE continues its "One Job Should Be Enough" campaign demanding safe jobs that provide enough to live on. The campaign addresses the issues of Marriott hotel workers and airline catering workers. The union has now released a new report entitled "One Job Should Be Enough: Inequality at Starbucks". The report highlights the issues faced by airport Starbucks LGBTI workers.

Sexual orientation and identity in the workplace

27.01.20 News

Employees spend a lot of time in the workplace - and there you are never just a worker, but always a human being. Therefore, nobody should have to hide for who "he" or "she" is or who they love. Because that is not only what defines us as a person, it is also what enriches our relationship with our colleagues and characterizes a good working atmosphere. Only in a good working atmosphere can employees perform their work with joy and commitment - and do not have to waste their energy on hiding or fighting back.


The IUF LGBTI Workers & Allies' Committee constituted in Barcelona

12.12.19 News

The IUF's commitment to equality in the workplace and in society took an important step forward with the IUF LGBTI Workers & Allies' Committee Constituting Meeting that was hosted by the IUF-affiliated Servicios CC.OO. in Barcelona on November 13-14, 2019.  The Committee elected two women: Michele Kessler from UFCW (USA) as Chair and Gisele Adão from CONTAG (Brazil) as Vice-Chair.


Bargaining demands for LGBTI workers’ rights – A resource for IUF affiliates

03.11.19 News

The IUF brochure on bargaining demands for LGBTI workers’ rights intends to assist affiliates effectively include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) workers’ rights in collective bargaining in order to end discrimination and ensure security and the full respect of the rights of LGBTI members.



Struggle for justice, protection and equality for all continues

17.05.19 News

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

06.04.19 News

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

30.03.19 News

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

12.03.19 News

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

25.02.19 News

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.

Brazil: In the face of various aggressions against LGBTI people, groups are organized

25.02.19 News

"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.

Honduras: recognition of an LGBTI activist

25.02.19 News

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.

The human rights hypocrisy of The Coca-Cola Company

10.12.18 News

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"

21.08.18 News

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 collective.

LGBTI workers are no less human

21.08.18 News

IUF%20Africa%20Update%20%2312The 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.

The UN denounces epidemic of murders of LGBTI people in Mexico

20.08.18 News

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.


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