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Transforming the Workplace - A TUC guide for trade union activists on supporting trans members

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Trans people want and expect to be treated with dignity, fairness and equality. Unions can have a major role in ensuring that all workplaces provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.

Trans people face massive discrimination in the workplace. In March 2016 a study by a recruitment company showed that 60% of trans workers have experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace and 53% have felt the need to hide their trans status from their colleagues. A 2011 Government survey showed similar levels of discrimination and added that “88% of respondents said that ignorance of transgender issues was the biggest challenge they faced in employment.”

It is not known how many trans people there are in the workplace. Many chose not to disclose their trans status, either before their transition, or if they start a new job after transitioning. Many trans people are not in work because of the discrimination they have experienced, or feel that they will experience.

This guide is not just about supporting individual trans members in the workplace when there are problems or issues. It is about changing workplaces to make sure they are supportive of both current and potential workers who identify as trans.