First annual conference of new STUC equality, anti-discrimination network begins in Glasgow


The first conference of its kind of LGBT union activists in Scotland opens this morning.

The two-day meeting in Glasgow marks the creation of a formal LGBT equality structure within the Scottish TUC.

Delegates are expected to elect an LGBT equality committee to work on priorities for LGBT workers during the forthcoming year.

STUC general secretary, Grahame Smith, said: “This landmark conference comes at an important time for LGBT workers in Scotland with the new public sector equality duty having recently come into force and legislation for same-sex marriage promised in the Scottish Government’s forthcoming legislative programme.

“Despite recent improvements in the law, we know that LGBT people can still face significant problems at work.

“A recent survey has found that in the last 5 years 162,000 Scots of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic or transphobic bullying in the workplace with 54,000 Scots witnessing physical homophobic or transphobic bullying at work.

“These appalling statistics show the need for strong trade unions and the role that our new LGBT Conference will have in supporting LGBT people working across Scotland and raising awareness of the issues they face will be invaluable.”

The conference will also elect two representatives to sit on the STUC’s General Council – a move which officials say is designed to ensure the voice of LGBT workers is heard at the highest levels of the trade union movement. 

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