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Trade unions to develop international LGBT solidarity charter

Trade unions will develop a charter on international LGBT solidarity, Congress decided yesterday.

A motion proposed by the TUC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conference called for “pressure for governments to take strong action on countries violating LGBT rights” and for unions to develop links with sister unions and campaign groups in countries where LGBT people face oppression.

Unison delegate Jackie Lewis called for caution in the implementation of the motion.

She said “clicktivism” and online petitions posed the danger of discounting from “workers’ struggles over decades” on LGBT rights.

“What is lost is the presence of active LGBT communities in all of the countries where LGBT people are persecuted,” she said.

“There is so much we can do, but let’s make sure we ask before we act.”

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