Equal Opportunities


The members and allies of the LGBTI + community are present in each sector and in unions around the world. Studies suggest that there are at least one million members of the LGBTI + community in UNI Global Union, but that number could be even higher.

Workers with different sexual orientations or gender identities are particularly vulnerable to violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization and prejudice in the workplace. Most LGBTI + workers choose to hide their sexual orientation in the workplace to avoid discrimination, but this often has negative consequences for their productivity and professional progression. The conclusion is that LGBTI + people are everywhere and if homophobia, transphobia or biphobia is allowed, divisions and problems are created that in turn will affect our unions.

At UNI Global Union, we strongly believe that all workers must be protected against discrimination and that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is no different than other types of discrimination.

Oppression against all workers, including those of different sexual orientation and gender identity, is a violation of Human Rights and a central concern in the struggle of UNI Global for equality.

UNI Global Union fights for its members of the LGBTI + community and other marginalized groups and believes that a more diverse workplace creates stronger and more egalitarian societies.


People with disabilities represent 15% of the world's population. When we refer to disability, we mean the impediments that prevent full participation in society. Disability can be physical, mental, sensory or intellectual, and can be acquired at birth, later in life; or by accident or illness. Barriers can be attitudinal or environmental, and often, these barriers are socially constructed.

Disability does not only refer to the individual, it is also present in the social factors that exacerbate it and we all have a role in changing them.

In many parts of the world and in many contexts, disability is often understood as "inability to work." But the truth is that people with disabilities have shown that they can work productively in all sectors and contexts.

As trade unions, we have the possibility of promoting and developing alliances that help achieve the objective of decent work; as well as developing strategies and actions to raise awareness about the need to include people with disabilities in the workplace.


Millions of workers worldwide suffer discrimination because of their race, color, nationality or ethnicity. Globalization has caused a dramatic increase in the number of migrant workers and unfortunately leaves them especially vulnerable. The ILO estimates that in 2010 there were 214 million migrants worldwide and only 105 million were employed. This increase in migration has led to greater racial and ethnic diversity within society and in the workplace, which in turn has increased racial tensions.

Racism and xenophobia threaten social stability and impede the functioning of the economy; they poison solidarity by forming divisions between members, in the workplace and in society. On the other hand, fighting racism and xenophobia presents a powerful opportunity to unionize and organize a more diverse membership around the world.

Ending racism and xenophobia requires constant support at all levels; from the individual, to the national and international. For this reason, UNI Global Union undertakes to eradicate all forms of discrimination against its members.