Today, Gendered Intelligence workers are announcing they have officially joined the GMB and formed a union within the charity. Open to all staff members below senior leadership level, the Union will work to ensure not only that conditions do not deteriorate across the organisation in future, but that trans voices are heard in the wider union movement.
Staff members at GI, regardless of whether they are a union member, paying dues, or a member of another union, will be welcome and encouraged to liaise with Gendered Intelligence union representatives about any workplace issues. Details around the union working with the senior leadership team will be worked out in future discussions.
Cara English, Head of Public Engagement at Gendered Intelligence and union member, said:
“this is a monumental step for us not just as a charitable organisation, but as a collective of workers publicly joining together. The union and LGBT movements have so many touchpoints and so much shared history. When we collectivise and work together, we can really speak truth to power, and have the voice of the worker heard louder. As the first trans-led organisation to join GMB, we’re thrilled at the work we can carry out with each other, and to help bolster strong trans representation across the labour movement as a whole.”
Dr Jay Stewart MBE, CEO, said:
“I’m so pleased that staff at Gendered Intelligence are now unionised with the GMB. As current CEO and co-founder of Gendered Intelligence I am humbled by and proud of working with the growing team – whose passionate commitment to improving trans lives is second to none. It is more important than ever that we support trans and cis allied staff who are doing the difficult work in what is an ever growing hostile public domain. I am hopeful that unionising and membership with the GMB will offer more support and solidarity to them. And I will endeavour to support the workers to the best of my ability within my role.”
Chyrssy Hunter, Chair of the Board, said:
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am very pleased and proud to be associated with this process of Union Recognition with the staff of GI. I believe acceptance of union recognition is a sign of a maturing organisation and represents the desire of the management to engage all available levers to work for the benefit of the workforce, which will in turn be of great benefit to the organisation as a whole. I am also confident that in working with the GMB, our amazing staff will be able to contribute to a raising up of positive trans and nonbinary voices within the trades union movement.”
The fight towards trans liberation is the fight for workers’ rights, and we are proud to carry on this fight in our own small way with the Gendered Intelligence union.