According to a 2017 report by ILGA [International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association], there remain 72 states globally that criminalise same-sex consensual activity. Although laws that recognise LGBT+ relationships and families are on the increase, less than 25% of the world’s states recognise or protect them.
Conference notes that workers in maritime, aviation and other international transport industries - alongside other cross-border workers – often have no information on local laws and can be faced with poor connectivity for contacting friends, family or their union. They may be vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, bullying, or even face criminalisation and challenges to their human rights.
- welcomes initiatives such as Nautilus 24/7, which supplies global contact options to all members.
- reiterates TUC support for global trade union campaigning for LGBT+ human rights in every country worldwide.
- welcomes the resolutions of the 2018 UNI and ITF Congresses, and the accompanying Global Unions’ commitment to LGBT+ work, noting that as members, we are now charged with supporting positive change throughout the global labour movement.
- calls upon the TUC and its member unions to intensify their efforts and design concrete measures to support LGBT+ international workers, whether in maritime, from other transport modes or wider sectors, in their daily working lives.