Saturday, July 29, 2006

Action Plan to Promote Human Rights

Montreal Gazette Reports:

Delegates to a conference at the Palais des congres yesterday unveiled an action plan to promote human rights, including a campaign to put clauses in collective agreements to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The announcement came on the opening day of the International Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Human Rights.

Trade union members from around the globe crammed into a room at the convention centre yesterday for the conference, a precursor to the First World Outgames, which officially open on Saturday in Montreal....
Workers Out! was the title of the plenary session, presided over by representatives of three of Quebec's largest labour organizations.

Delegates revealed their action plan to promote union rights, recognize the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, and negotiate collective agreements that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The delegates' plan also includes technical assistance to unions and other advocacy groups to abolish discrimination against LGBTs in hiring and on retirement, and the establishment of a world-wide network of LGBT workers.

See here for report on union librarians at the conference.

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