LGBT Workers

PSI is committed to equality for all irrespective of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, national identity, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion, at the workplace, in trade unions and in the broader political, social, economic and cultural context. LGBT workers’ rights are trade union rights, and trade union rights are human rights. Trade unions are committed to fight against discrimination and for an inclusive non-violent society.

PSI and EI take part in Freedom at Work Conference on LGBT workers' rights in Amsterdam

05 August 2016
Rosa Pavanelli

Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary, and Fred Van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International (EI), pledged the support of their organisations to the LGBT community.

Fighting for equality: UNISON materials for LGBT workers

02 August 2016

UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. UNISON works together in local and national groups of LGBT members to campaign and provide support for members and works closely with PSI at the international level.

PSI condemns attack against LGBTI community in Orlando

13 June 2016

PSI stands in solidarity with the families of LGBTI people killed and hurt in the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this 12th of June – leaving 50 people dead and 53 injured in what is being considered the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Freedom at Work Conference

24 May 2016

The Freedom at Work Conference, organized in parallel with Europride 2016 in Amsterdam, will take place on 4-5 August 2016. This world conference is to activate trade union members, staff and officials and (potential) allies for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenders and intersex (LGBTI) workers.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia (IDAHOT 2016)

17 May 2016
PSI LGBT

Homophobia or transphobia, in any form, is damaging and even life-threatening. We stand in solidarity with LGBTI workers and firmly denounce all forms of marginalization and stigmatization linked to sexual orientation or gender identity.

PSI Americas 2nd Regional LGBT Committee

27 October 2014
PSI LGBT logo

PSI Americas will hold its second Regional LGBT Committee in Mexico City, in parallel with the 27th ILGA World Conference.

PSAC activists to attend WorldPride Human Rights Conference

19 June 2014

From June 25-29, Toronto will be hosting the WorldPride Human Rights Conference and PSI affiliate the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will be there. The conference will bring together GLBT activists from around the world, including many from countries where homosexuality is punishable by life in prison.

As a demonstration of the union’s commitment to queer and trans rights, PSAC will be sending a delegation of union members to participate. This will give the union’s GLBT activists the chance to share stories, gain inspiration, and participate in the global fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans human rights.

Nowhere to turn: Blackmail and Extortion of LGBT People in Sub-Saharan Africa

09 July 2013
Publication Nowhere to turn

“Nowhere to Turn investigates the problem of blackmail and extortion of LGBT people in Africa, a challenge that has remained unaddressed for far too long. Human rights defenders, non-governmental organizations, and governments have a responsibility to address these crimes, which are a constant reminder of LGBT people’s legal and social vulnerability. Too many lives hang in the balance.”
–Cary Alan Johnson, Executive DirectorInternational Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The Cape Town recommendations

08 July 2013

The delegates of the Third EI- PSI Sexual Diversity Forum in Cape Town reaffirm the Porto Alegre Declaration and the recommendations of the Second International LGBT Forum in Vienna, recognize the progress made thus far in the implementation of these, and recommend that the Executive Boards of EI and PSI continue to pursue recommendations from both forums.

EI-PSI Sexual Diversity Forum

08 July 2013

It was on Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday that 150 delegates from 45 countries around the world gathered in Cape Town, South Africa for a two-day forum on sexual diversity, organised jointly by two global union federations: Education International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI). This was the third joint LGBT forum for EI and PSI, and was billed as the largest LGBT event on the African continent.

The PSI Brazil Public Sector Campaign to End Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: Proposals

04 July 2013
The PSI Brazil Public Sector Campaign to End Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: Proposals

This document offers proposals that could be implemented in municipalities, either by the executive or legislative branches of government.

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Working for the alternative: Implementing PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond

19 March 2013

The 2012 PSI World Congress provided a framework for Public Services International's discussions and decisions. However, it is necessary to focus priorities. This document presents a detailed implementation plan for PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond.

PSI Congress Resolutions

12 March 2013

Resolutions adopted at the 29th World Congress of Public Services International, held in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012. The resolutions are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Japanese and Russian.

Trade unionists together for LGBT rights!

01 February 2013

This joint publication by Public Services International and Education International, produced in 2007, offers a clear and well-researched view of LGBT rights around the world, and more specifically in the workplace. It offers advice on adopting union LGBT policies, as well as organising and bargaining for LGBT workers.