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RMT Activists Block English Defense League Demonstration

RMT activists took part in a rally to block the fascist far-right English Defence League from demonstrating in Walthamstow. Hundreds of anti-fascists, trade unionists, faith and community organisations also took part in the event in east London.

Members of the RMT - amongst them several LGBT activists carried the unions LGBT banner.

RMT to Consider How We Can Help Tackle Homophobic Bullying in Schools

In response to the resolution from RMT's AGM (submitted by RMT LGBT conference) - which you can read here - the Council of Executives has made the following decision:

That we note the Resolution from the AGM and to prosecute this Resolution, the General Secretary is instructed to:-

1. Contact the charity Diversity Role Models and ask for a presentation from them to a Council of Executives and ask to give a presentation to the LGBT Advisory Committee; their views will be tabled for the Council of Executives to consider.

RMT LGBT Members Social And Demo

In July, the RMT annual general meeting passed a motion on international LGBT rights: the time for us to take action is now.

In recent weeks, LGBT rights activists in Zimbabwe have reported a shocking rise in state-sponsored intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and beatings of Zimbabwean LGBT people. In August, the building of GALZ (Gays and Lesbians Zimbabwe) was raided and President Robert Mugabe’s riot police arrested 44 LGBT activists.

Equality Advisory Committees – Basis Of Elections

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Advisory Committee

In the absence of statistics as to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender membership, we reaffirm the existing basis of election to this Advisory Committee as up to five delegates per Regional Council area. This is to be reviewed prior to the next election in 2015.

Branches, Regional Councils and current members of our National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Committee to be advised.

National Women’s Advisory Committee

Regional Council Resolutions - August 2012

The following resolutions were passed at this month's regional council meeting.

London Underground Train Operations Support Managers chairing case conferences - Hammersmith & City branch
This regional council believes the new policy of allowing TOSM’s to chair case conferences is outside the current attendance procedure and we believe this to be the thin edge of the wedge.
It is not acceptable for LUL just to change a policy or procedure by sending a letter to head office and stating it has been agreed.

RMT’s Biggest Ever LGBT Conference Sets Out Plan Of Action

A plan of public campaigning and a high-profile presence at Pride events were the keynote decisions at RMT’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender conference – the biggest in its history.

A contagious mood of activity and growth permeated the gathering, which pledged solidarity with working people fighting for LGBT rights at home and abroad. Conference chair noted that the LGBT committee had gained 12 new members, was planning a major presence at Pride in London on July 7 and at Tolpuddle, and had been involved in Pride events at Bristol and Blackpool.

Community Groups And Unions Call For Free, Community Led Pride

This is the TUC press release of a recent meeting of the future of pride which was attended by several union and community group representatives including the RMT's LGBT Officer

In the aftermath of the problems that afflicted London's World Pride earlier this month, community groups and LGBT trade unionists have confirmed their support for a national Pride to be held in central London, an event that is free and accessible to all, and a celebration as well as a demand for equality.

Blog: RMT Members Join London Pride

The RMT had a strong presence at this years World Pride, held in London for the first time. It was also the fortieth anniversary of the first Pride parade held in London, and veterans from what would have been a very different protest for gay rights led what has largely become a celebration of LGBT liberation and values. The RMT group was attended by Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual members as well other members who wanted to demonstrate their and the unions support for equality. This including General Secretary Bob Crow whose attendance was filmed for BBC News. Continue reading to watch the RMTv video

RMT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Newsletter For Summer 2012

Here is the latest edition of the RMT's LGBT newsletter - Standing Proud.

In this edition are

  • details of this year's LGBT conference
  • upcoming events including World Pride, which takes place in London on the 7th of July
  • LGBT motions and reports on their progress.
  • and much more

Please email to your friends and colleagues, or print the newsletter and distribute at your workplace.