Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
This resolution was passed at LGBT Conference:
Conference calls on the RMT to look at options and practicalities of electing Equality Representatives within companies for whom we have recognition agreements, and further outline and collate a programme for their training needs and requirements for review and acceptance by the RMT Council of Executives.
At this month's London Transport Regional Council Meeting, reports were given by our Executive member Janine Booth and Regional Organiser John Leach.
These are just notes of the areas discussed - to find out more, have a look through this site, speak to your local rep and do your best to attend branch meetings and the LTRC meeting which is held on the last Thursday of each month except June and December.
London Transport branch 'Jubilee South' passed the following resolutions at today's meeting. All three will now go the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender conference which is being held in Blackpool next month.
In addition to passing the motion on the charity 'Gay Men Fighting Aids' the branch also decided that a donation will be made to the group and further ways of supporting GMFA - such as affiliation - be investigated.
You can read more LGBT news here
Thatcher's Legacy of homophobia
LU Engineering branch have organised a drop in session to discuss workplace harassment and bullying.
All RMT members are welcome, please circulate flyer to friends you feel would benefit from the session, but do not display on workplace noticeboards, for fear of management repercussions.
The event will be held upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, London NW1 (near Euston station)
The event will run on Wednesday April 17th, from 12pm til 6pm, please drop in any time you can.
Please contact LUengineering@rmt.org.uk for more info.
From General Secretary Bob Crow
I am pleased to inform you that the National LGBT Members’ Conference has been extended to take place over two days. The next conference will be in Blackpool on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2013 at The Best Western Carlton Hotel, 282-286 North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 2EZ.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union held a protest outside the Ugandan embassy in London over the governments plan to introduce a new law known as the 'Kill the Gays Bill.' If this bill is enacted, Uganda would be one of the legally most discriminatory places for sexual minorities in the world.
RMT members handed out hundreds of leaflets in Trafalgar square and helped to spread awareness of LGBT Ugandan's plight to thousands more with flags and banners which caught the attention of many passers-by. Several people approached us to voice there support for LGBT Ugandan's and disgust at what the government there is planning.
This is a synopsis of the report given by the London Transport Region Executive Member Janine Booth to the London Transport Regional Council Meeting on 29th November 2012.
To get more details please try and attend your branch meeting or regional council - your rep should have more information too. Alternatively this site has lots of information and material for workplaces in the London Region.
RMT LGBT demonstration: Solidarity with Ugandan LGBT people! Stop the "Kill The Gays" bill!
Location: UGANDA HIGH COMMISSION, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, WC2N 5DX (Map).
The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality “Kill the Gays” Bill has been placed on the schedule of Parliament - meaning it will be on business of the day any time from now.
The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Uganda has called for protest actions across the World.
We note the full Council of Executives has asked us to prepare a 'strategy to eradicate homophobia'. We instruct the General Secretary to prepare this work based on a non exhaustive list of ideas, e.g.
- challenging homophobia within the RMT
- responding to homophobic instances in the workplace
- provide support to members who are coming out as LGBT
- ensuring employers have policies that practise full equality
- supporting anti homophobic campaigns
- RMT to provide new materials for our LGBT members that challenges homophobia in the workplace
Council of Executives decision: That we increase the LGBT Conference to 2 days from 1 as it is now.