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Transgender discrimination 'must stop'

Transgender discrimination 'must stop'

Discrimination at work relating to transgender people must be eradicated, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress has affirmed.

Speaking at Friday's Trans Memorial Day event - which was set up to remember the victims of violent crimes that occurred due to their personal lives - Brendan Barber called on employers to ensure that their members of staff have safe environments in which to work.

Workplaces, he said, must be "free from transphobia, violence and prejudice".

Mr Barber further noted that, in order for the UK to be an "equal and inclusive society", the issues faced by trans people need to be understood and steps developed to bring such discrimination to an end.

In 2010, the TUC will publish updated guidance for unions relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

Mr Barber's comments come after one solicitor stated that businesses in the UK are suffering both in terms of time and money due to workplace bullying, with 50 per cent of staff on long-term sick leave dealing with such difficulties.