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Polish poster

ETUC condems Polish 'LGBT-free zones'

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is appalled that Polish newspaper Gazeta Polska distributed today 'GBT free zone' stickers. Doing so could create unnecessary divisions and conflicts in workplaces and in society, as demonstrated by the violence against members of the LGTB community on Saturday. The trade union confederation
  • calls on the newspaper to desist from distributing such trouble-making stickers,
  • calls on the Polish and European authorities to condemn and take appropriate action against the publication and use of such stickers, and above
  • all calls on all people of Poland who want to live in peace and mutual respect to throw away such offensive stickers.
ETUC adopted a statement in 2017 renewing their commitment to equal treatment and non-discrimination, respect and dignity for LGBTQI* persons and workers, and at its Congress in 2019 adopted a manifesto committing to combat all forms of discrimination including sexual orientation and gender identity.

TUC report on anti-LGBT harassment

68% of Brittain's LGBT workers have experienced sexual harassment at work. 12% of the female LGBT workers has experienced serious sexual assault or rape at work. These are some results of research performed by the British trade union organisation TUC, published in a report in April 2019. Read also why most workers affected did not report the incidents and more.
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transgenders, queerness and education

Spanish education union celebrates IDAHOT with special attention to transgenderism, queerness and education

How familiar does this sound: "Oh, an anti-gay insult in our school? Don't worry: we have no gay people in this school." One of the articles in this special issue of the Spanish teachers' union FE-CCOO about transgenders, queerness and education, published in the framework of IDAHOT 2019. For those who read Spanish.

Wellington World of Work meeting

Trade unionists and those who were interested gathered on March, 17, 2019, Wellington (New-Zealand) prior to the ILGA World Conference, and discussed the situation in their own countries and the way to strengthen the international networking on LGBTI trade union issues. Read more about this event on Facebook.
World of Work

World-wide trade union organization talks about LGBTI rights

From the 2nd to the 7th of December 2018, the 4th World Congress of the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation)has taken place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This opportunity was used to discuss the world-wide role of trade unions in defence of people who are discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, their gender identity or expression or their sex characteristics. Read the Congress Statement, amended during the congress and see what the world-wide trade union movement has declared about LGBTQI workers.

Belgian meeting

The Belgian Union ACV/CSC organises a conference/symposium on November 6, 2018 about LGBT at Work. This meeting is meant for staff, activists and possibly members, and will have an international facet. Find the programme (in Dutch/in French)here, more information via facebook and registration here..

British Supreme Court: Belfast bakery did not discriminate

Can a bakery refuse to make a cake with the message "Support gay marriage"?
After a complaint by Gareth Lee about a bakery in Belfast British judges rules that this would be a discriminating act.
Daniel and Amy McArthur, the owners of the bakery, did not want to produce a cake with the image of Bert and Ernie, and a Queerspace logo, since this would have been in sharp contrast with their religious belief. Daniel McArthur declared that creating such a cake would have been contrary to the content of the Bible. After many years of legal battle, the British Supreme Court ruled on Ocotber 10, 2018,that the objections of the bakery couple were not based on excluding Lee as a customer because of his sexual orientation - that would have been a clear example of discrimination.
Therefore, their refusal was within the legal boundaries, the Supreme Court ruled.
Lee commented that this showed that Northern Ireland did not grant gays the same rights as in the other parts of the United Kingdom.

Nettie Groeneveld

Dutch activist passed away

In October 2018 we got the sad news of the death of Nettie Groeneveld, former representative from Abvakabo to several international conferences. Read more here.

Stockholm Europride symposium

In 2018, Stockholm (and Gothenburg) (Sweden) hosted the EuroPride/WestPride festivities from 27th of July - 19th of August. The Swedish trade union organisation Vision organised a follow-up conference to the Amsterdam Europride conference in 2016 and the Madrid World Pride conference in 2017. More on the Pride itself can be found here. Information from Vision can be found here.


ITUC speaking out on International Youth Day

On the 12th of August, 2018, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) issued a statement published a statement declaring its solidarity with youth workers, but also with other groups, including LGBTI+ workers. Read more here.

Pension justice for British trans woman

When is a trans woman entitled to get a pension, if the legal ages for pension differ depending on gender? This was the basic question for the European Court of Justice in a case of a British trans woman. The verdict in June, 2018, was surpringly clear.
Read about it here.

Trans people no longer qualified as having a mental disorder

The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued in June, 2018, an update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the so-called ICD-11, in which - based on current scientific research - 'gender incongruence' has been deleted from the mental disorders spectrum. ICD-11 does mention the condition, but under the chapter 'sexual health conditions'. This is because transgender people should not be considered as having a mental disorder, but (may) have significant and specific health care needs. Read the WHO news and watch the video on youtube with the WHO statement.

Sex workers document

Female or male, legal or illegal, sex workers exist in every country of the world. They are people, they are workers.
In June, 2018, the European branch of ILGA (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) launched a position paper on LGBTI sex workers. Read it here.

Lobby for more rights in Spain

In February, the European Trade Union Confederation launched, on behalf of its LGBTQI* Rights Trade Union Network, a campaign to support a Spanish initiative for improvement of LGBT+ workers' rights and LGBT+ equality. More information about this initiative (in Spanish) can be found at the website of the FELGBT.

Sad news

Sad news reached us in January 2018: the deaths of Kürşad Kahramanoğlu and of Claus Brandt.