World trade union LGBT rights network launched

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date: Tuesday 14 December 2004

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Attention: News desks

The TUC and the global trade union movement have created a network for LGBT campaigns to help trade unionists put pressure on the International Labour Organisations (ILO) and the UN Commission on Human Rights to adopt positive policies on lesbian and gay equality.

Speaking after last week’s event organised by the TUC at the World Congress of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions in Miyazaki, Japan, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'This is a major step forward for the trade union movement and for LGBT campaigners. It will allow us to secure better rights at work and will make it easier to include trade unions in community campaigns for equality generally.'

The meeting heard from representatives of trade unions in Canada, Italy, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as from the global union confederations covering teachers and public sector workers. Many more national union centres were present and signed up to the new network.

The Congress also adopted a resolution calling for national laws prohibiting discrimination against gay and lesbian workers and called on trade unions to 'fight prejudice, bigotry and intolerance in the workplace, in society and in the trade unions.' A separate resolution on HIV/AIDS also referred to the specific interests of gay men and lesbians.

Details of the resolutions adopted are at www.icftu.org <http://www.icftu.org>

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