24 November 2008
TUC speaks out against transgender discrimination
An industry body has spoken out against discrimination targeted at transgender people in the workplace.
Making its comments yesterday (November 20th) in honour of International Trans Memorial Day today, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said that the British transgender community still faces prejudice and discrimination in offices around Britain.
It added that, although there have been improvements in the law, there remain gaps and exemptions which leave such people without full protection.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Discrimination, hatred and violence are part of the daily lives of far too many in Britain and employers need to make sure all their employees are working in safe environments free from discrimination."
He added that unions need to step up their campaigning for equality for transgender people in the UK.
Describing itself as "the voice of Britain at work", the TUC claims to represent and lobby on behalf of nearly seven million working people.