At UNISON’s LGBT+ conference in November, delegates welcomed the launch of The Year of LGBT+ Workers, which will take place throughout 2024.

This campaign follows UNISON’s successful Year of Disabled Workers campaign in 2022 and the Year of Black Workers in 2023. It is an excellent opportunity to engage LGBT+ workers, grow the union’s LGBT+ membership and embed LGBT+ rights in its organising, campaigning and bargaining strategies.

There are also some positive achievements to celebrate, including both national and local negotiated policies on discrimination and harassment against LGBT+ people.

However, most importantly, members of the LGBT+ committee feel that the Year of the LGBT+ worker could not come at a better time, as prejudice and discrimination against LGBT+ people is increasing, incited by government rhetoric and fuelled by the far right.

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