LGBT Conference Mercure Hotel – Leicester 09 November 2016

LGBT Conference

Mercure Hotel – Leicester

09 November 2016

 

Matt Bellamy (Eastern No5 Branch) – LGBT Officer – Delegate Report

 

Introduction

LGBT Conference is held annually in different locations around the country, this year it was held in Leicester. It forms part of the 4 equality conferences the others being, Black Worker’s, Women and Disability.

 

Below is a full report of the day including the speakers present.

 

Kate Stuart – Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Kate officially opened conference and welcomed us to Leicester. She also announced that as of close of conference she would be stepping down from the committee for personal reasons. I wish her all the very best for the future.

 

Linda Roy – Equality Officer

Linda announced that this year’s LGBT Conference was the biggest yet with around 160 delegates and observers from across the CWU. She warned us about the dangers of Brexit with regards to hate crimes in the LGBT community and reported that hate crimes have risen 147% since June!

 

She also warned us about UKIP and their constant attempt to derail LGBT rights, stating that they have opposed most subjects that have been presented to them

 

Dave Ward – General Secretary

Spoke about the shock of the US Election, with Donald Trump now being President Elect. Dave also spoke of his disappointment that Brexit still seems to be widely debated across all parties even though the result came out months ago, he reminded everyone that we must fight to retain our worker’s rights and laws following Brexit as staying in the past will not help nor change the outcome. In closing Dave suggested that if the CWU was to provide a pride float then he will make sure he is on it!

 

Kate Hudson – Regional Secretary

Gave a warm welcome to Leicester and talked us through a few previous recognisable celebrities in the LGBT community that lived-in Leicester.

 

Motions

Motions are debated and instruct the LGBT Advisory Committee what the members would like to see. I’m not going to list all the motions as they are over several pages but will list what the outcome of each one was. If you would like the list, please let me know. The motions highlighted in yellow were selected for General Conference. The motion in blue was the motion from our branch.

 

Motion                 Branch                                                                                                  LGBTAC                                Outcome

1                              Plymouth & East Cornwall                                                            Support                                Carried

2                              Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester                           Support                                Fell/No Mover

3                              York and District Amal                                                                    Remit/Oppose                  Withdrawn

4                              LGBTAC                                                                                                –                                              Carried

5                              LGBTAC                                                                                                –                                              Carried

Motion                 Branch                                                                                                  LGBTAC                                Outcome

6                              LGBTAC                                                                                                –                                              Carried

7                             Gloucestershire Amal                                                                     Support                                Carried

South West Regional Equality Committee

8                              Eastern No.5                                                                                      Remit/Oppose                  Carried

9                              London Regional Equality Committee                                      Support                                Carried

10                           London South West Postal                                                           Support                                Carried

11                           North West Regional Committee                                               Support                                Carried

12                           Nottingham and District Amal                                                     Support                                Carried

13                           South East Wales Amal                                                                  Support                                Carried

14                           Greater London Combines                                                            Support                                Carried

15                           Portsmouth and District                                                                 Support                                Carried

16                           Greater Mersey and SW Lancs                                                    Support                                Carried

17                           Mount Pleasant International                                                     Support                                Carried

18                           Great Western                                                                                  Support                                Ref/Opposed

19                           Wolverhampton and District Amal                                            Support                                Not Admitted

 

 

 

Amanda Richards – Safety Officer – Wexford Council Ireland

Amanda was pleased to announce that Ireland recently became the 21st Country to legally allow same sex marriage and the only debate to be held via a referendum! She spoke about the ‘No’ campaigner’s and how they used a family photo in their campaign which they had taken without permission, the family in the photo released a statement saying that the No campaigners did not have permission to use their image and that they supported equal marriage.

 

Trish Lavelle – Head of Education

Gave a presentation on mentoring and how reps can help members and unexperienced reps through their programme. She also announced the start of a shadowing scheme which originally came from Youth Conference and that it will start in the new year.

 

Lee Barron – TUC – Dying to Work Campaign

This was a heart-felt presentation on the individual case of Jacci Woodcock who regretfully had terminal breast cancer. Jacci (who’s wishes were for this campaign) wanted to stay in work for as long as possible as a type of coping strategy and to keep her independence. Her turmoil soon started once her cancer treatment began when she had a home visit from HR who assessed her capability for work and how the business she worked for, proceeded down the lines of dismissal.

 

Her saddening message stated that there is no law in the UK to prevent this! Lee went on to say that this sort of business tactic has been seen in some employers who offer a death in service benefit.

 

I strongly encourage everyone to look in to the campaign and pledge their full support!!

 

Conclusion

Kate officially closed conference. Reflecting back on the day it had been a good and eye opening conference.

 

If anyone wishes to know more information or would like to contact me, you can do so by the details below.

 

 

Matt Bellamy

Youth + LGBT Officer

Eastern 5 Branch

 

Mattbellamy.cwu@outlook.com

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