There is urgent need to fight discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning workers (LGBTIQ) in the workplace. According to the latest European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights LGBTI report[1], one in four (26%) respondents hide their LGBTIQ identity at work. 21% felt discriminated against in the workplace in the year before the survey.

IndustriAll Europe is committed to a review of its own policies, documents and processes, to ensure that they promote LGBTIQ equality.

IndustriAll Europe Deputy General Secretary, Judith Kirton-Darling affirms:

“We also pledge to work with employers to ensure that collective bargaining agreements do not discriminate. For example, parental leave needs to be granted to rainbow families, just as it is to heterosexual couples.”

Workplace facilities, recruitment processes, equality and anti-harassment policies, etc. can all be improved to promote LGBTIQ equality.

Judith Kirton-Darling:

”Diversity and inclusion are not about political correctness. They are about appreciating the skills, knowledge and personal attributes of everyone we work with.”

View the industriAll Europe position paper on Rainbow Workplaces: Our commitment to equality for LGBTIQ workers DE EN FR

Contact: Andrea Husen-Bradley (press and communication), Maike Niggemann (policy adviser)