Nautilus has contributed insights into research on LGBT+ issues faced by transport key workers which is being carried out by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF).
This continues the ITF's work to promote LGBT+ rights, as adopted in a resolution by affiliates including Nautilus at the ITF's 44th Congress in Singapore in 2018. Congress Resolution 5 agreed the need to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex trade union policies.
To this end, the ITF also set up a working group with members from its various sections, regions and departments, which culminated in the release of a toolkit to support unions in organising and representing LGBT+ workers.
ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said of the latest survey work: 'I and the ITF president Paddy Crumlin have been clear that the labour movement needs to provide an alternative to 'rainbow capitalism', which co-opts the struggle of LGBTQI+ people without a commitment to genuine social and economic justice.'
Recently the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) published its annual report stating that 69 countries have active discriminatory laws that criminalise same-sex relationships. These laws make it possible for governments and public bodies to arrest, prosecute, imprison and even execute LGBT+ people within their borders.
'Figures such as these show just how important it is that trade unions actively protect and advocate for their LGBT+ workers,' said Mr Cotton. 'The ITF reaffirms its commitment to building respect and dignity for all workers. We believe every worker is entitled to work and live free from discrimination and violence, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics.'
Free and Equal: UN guidance on definitions
People use a wide variety of words to describe themselves and their identities, and it's important to respect the terms, names and pronouns people use to refer to themselves. For the full United Nations definitions the UN Free and Equal website: www.unfe.org/definitions
LGBT/LGBTI: LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender; and LGBTI for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.
Transgender/Trans: Transgender (sometimes shortened to 'trans') is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of identities whose appearance and characteristics are perceived as gender atypical.
Intersex/Sex characteristics: Intersex people can have any sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sexual orientation: Sexual orientation refers to a person's physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction towards other people.
Gender identity: Some people may later identify and express themselves with a wide range of identities other than the sex recorded at birth. Trans women identify as women but were classified as males at birth. Trans men identify as men but were classified female at birth. Cisgender is used to describe people whose sense of their own gender is aligned with the sex that they were assigned at birth.
Gender expression: Gender expression is the way in which we express our gender through actions and appearance, and is not always linked to a person's biological sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Nautilus is here to support you in recognising and tackling the problem of workplace bullying and harassment. It is an issue the Union has been addressing for many years. Following feedback from members the Nautilus Protect and Respect guide was drawn up, which is aimed at those members who may be experiencing bullying or harassment in the maritime workplace, and the colleagues who want to help them. If, as a female member, you would like to speak to a female official about a bullying or harassment issue, email firstname.lastname@example.orgDownload the guide Email a female official
Meet the Nautilus Equality and Diversity team
Equality and Diversity Forum secretary Danny McGowanDanny McGowan heads the Nautilus Equality and Diversity Forum. He provides reports to the Union's general secretary and puts member requests in action as required. Email Danny
Young Maritime Professionals lead Martyn GrayMartyn Gray leads the Nautilus Young Maritime Professionals (YMP) Forum and can provide advice to members who wish to speak to a younger union representative Email Martyn
Women's lead Rachel LynchRachel Lynch is our organiser dedicated to assisting female members with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a female representative. Email Rachel
Trans-pacific diversity webinars planned for International Day for Women in Maritime
Maritime UK is launching a new Global Women in Maritime series with Women in Maritime Australia to share best practice and discuss barriers in the industry.
Safety concerns raised following draft marking seafarer fatalities
Nautilus has added its voice to industry concerns after two separate seafarer fatalities, which occurred while officers carried out draft marking on vessels.
Mariners warned on the dangers of 'sleep inertia'
Safety experts have warned seafarers about the risks of taking over a watch and carrying out critical duties soon after they wake up.
Focus on rights at risk for LGBT+ crew
Women's welfare in cargo sector subject of new research
The Seafarers' Charity is funding new research to explore the welfare needs of women seafarers on cargo ships.