STUC holds 2nd Annual LGBT Workers’ Conference

May 10th 2013

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) trade union members from all over Scotland will gather in Glasgow this weekend (Mercure Hotel, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May) to debate a wide range of issues affecting LGBT people in the workplace and in Scottish Society.

Speaking ahead of the 2nd Annual STUC LGBT workers’ conference, Craig Cameron, Chair of the STUC LGBT Committee said:

“While progress has been made on equality for LGBT people in Scotland, there is still much work to do. The recent Equal Marriage Bill is an important step forward, but too often LGBT people still face intolerance and prejudice in their everyday life.

“Homophobia in the workplace is still a significant problem, with many trade union members reporting bullying and harassment as part of their daily life. Too many workers are still not confident about being ‘out’ at work and are looking for a clear sign from their employer that homophobia will be challenged and they will be supported. Strong trade unions have a clear role to play in supporting people facing discrimination at work and in fighting to ensure that everyone can access their rights.

“It is also important that LGBT people are heard within the debate on the constitution. Both the Better Together and the Yes Scotland campaigns will be addressing conference this year and outlining how the constitutional settlement they favour will promote equality and tackle homophobia. The STUC LGBT committee is committed to supporting LGBT people and improving their lives as workers and citizens. We are looking forward to hearing more from both campaigns and debating how we can shape a better future for LGBT people in Scotland.

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For further information contact Helen Martin 0141 337 8100 hmartin@stuc.org.uk

Notes to Editors

The programme for the 2nd Annual LGBT Workers’ Conference can be downloaded here.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘shaping futures’

Mary Fee MSP, Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee will address the conference at 10.30am on Saturday morning.

Drew Smith MSP, representing Better Together will address the conference followed by a question and answer session on Sunday at 10.55am

Toni Giugliano, representing Yes Scotland, will address the conference followed by a question and answer session on Sunday at 12.05pm

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